Special Delivery Meaning
(countable and uncountable, idiomatic, by extension, sometimes humorous) Somethingâ€”whether desirable or undesirableâ€”which is intentionally given to a specific individual or which an individual receives rapidly and unexpectedly; the personalized, direct quality of the transmission of such an item.
Example: 1910, O. Henry, "Compliments of the Season", Strictly Business:
The pick of the output of the French and German toymakers was rushed by special delivery to the mansion; but Rachel refused to be comforted.
1919, Grace S. Richmond, "The Time of His Life" in The Brown Study:
So, before he slept, he sent his sister a special-delivery letter knowing she would receive it in the morning.
1922, Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Breaking Point, ch. 22:
Then, as though he could hurry the trains East, he put a special delivery stamp on it.
1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned, ch. 2:
Late in the afternoon arrived a special delivery, mailed from some small New Jersey town.
1972 Nov. 6, "People," Time:
The post office arranged special deliveries every half-hour to handle the flood of greetings.
1998, Lisa Scottoline, Rough Justice, ISBN 9780061096105, p. 181:
â€œSpecial delivery for Mr. Graham,â€ said the uniformed sheriff. He grinned as he stepped aside. â€œHi, honey,â€ said the woman standing there.
2008, Jerry B. Jenkins and John Perrodin, Seclusion Point, ISBN 9781595544018, p. 83:
â€œHe might be God's special delivery for us. The reward we've been waiting for.â€
2011, Brad Thor, Brad Thor Collectors' Edition #1, ISBN 9781451657975, online edition:
â€œI have a special delivery for you from the president,â€ Harvath continued. He lowered his weapon, took aim, and shot the finger of Fawcett's right hand.