post office
noun Date: 1652 1. a government department or agency handling the transmission of mail 2. a local branch of a national post office handling the mail for a particular place or area 3. a game in which a player acting as postmaster or postmistress may exact a kiss from one of the opposite sex as payment for the pretended delivery of a letter

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