special handling


: the handling of parcel-post or mail as first-class but not as special-delivery matter for an extra fee

Examples of special handling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But liquid oxygen has to be kept at super-cold temperatures, requiring special handling and insulation to prevent boil-off as it is loaded into the rocket. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 11 June 2024 Vehicle type impacts costs, with larger or heavier vehicles requiring special handling. Ascend Agency, New York Daily News, 29 Feb. 2024 Fees charged by the Secretary of State include $20 for processing each apostille document, plus a $6 special handling fee for each public official’s authentication signature. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2024 Harper adds that premium (read: organic) natural ingredients require special handling and top-notch emulsification and preservation systems to ensure a two-year shelf life. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2024 Government satellites often require special handling, and NASA and the Space Force pay for bells and whistles like engineering insight, unique cleanliness specifications, and in some cases, schedule priority over other commercial missions. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 9 Oct. 2023 But these surfaces require the same special handling that nonstick pans require. Christa Glennie, wsj.com, 26 Dec. 2023 Of the unprocessed individual returns, 700,000 returns require error correction or other special handling, and 253,000 are paper returns waiting to be reviewed and processed. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 27 Nov. 2023 Bulk orders are the norm, as are complex shipping requirements, like special handling, delivery instructions and large, heavy items that require freight shipping by sea or rail. Ryan Lee, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of special handling was in 1928

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“Special handling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20handling. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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