post·age-stamp | \ˈpō-stij-ˌstamp \

Definition of postage-stamp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: suggesting a postage stamp in size : very small postage-stamp yards

postage stamp


Definition of postage stamp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a government adhesive stamp or imprinted stamp for use on mail as evidence of prepayment of postage

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Never mind that his once thriving kingdom has shrunk to the size of a postage stamp, inhabited by 1,000 citizens too feeble or damaged to leave. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Love and death in Spring Green: 'The Recruiting Officer,' 'Exit the King'," 3 July 2018 North Korea even issued special anti-US postage stamps. The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korea cancels its annual anti-US rally," 25 June 2018 North Korea even issued special anti-U.S. postage stamps. Fox News, "In sign of detente, North Korea skips annual anti-US rally," 25 June 2018 According to previous reports, Harington and Leslie have apparently invited 200 guests to their wedding, and the extra special invitations featured postage stamps with Harington's character in Game of Thrones, Jon Snow, on them. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Co-Stars Arrive in Scotland for Rose Leslie and Kit Harington's Wedding," 23 June 2018 And last year, the Vatican even issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Have the Culture Wars Killed Christian Unity?," 19 June 2018 To mark the occasion, the North Korean government even released two special-edition postage stamps depicting the literal destruction of America at Pyongyang’s hands. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "North Korea’s ‘anti-U.S.-imperialism’ rally will not be held this year," 25 June 2018 She has been honored with schools, cultural centers and parks bearing her name, and her face appears on a postage stamp. Lolly Bowean,, "On Gwendolyn Brooks' birthday, a statue of the powerful poet will be unveiled on the South Side," 6 June 2018 In fact, seeing their success convinced Zarro to open Little Woodfords, the postage stamp-sized coffee shop, with his partner, T.J. Zarro. Alexandra Hall,, "At the heart of Woodfords Corner’s revival is this: ‘You don’t get very many opportunities in life to do what you really believe in’," 26 June 2018

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to reject or criticize sharply

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