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one of a breed of domestic pigeons having a large wattle around the base of the beak.
a homing pigeon trained to carry messages.
Historical Examples

I want to hear all of it, all that you had no room to tell me in your carrier-pigeon messages.
The Saracen: The Holy War Robert Shea

It is not by instinct, but by sight, that the carrier-pigeon guides its course.
Harper’s Young People, January 6, 1880 Various

As she read, the carrier-pigeon went on pecking at the seeds in the basket, and the doves of the mosque watched it enviously.
The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

Like the carrier-pigeon, let it go, to return with glad tidings, or none at all.
The Puddleford Papers, H. H. Riley

You can’t think how word flies from one harem to another—like a carrier-pigeon!
The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

It is not Halil but a pigeon—a carrier-pigeon bringing a letter.
Halil the Pedlar Mr Jkai

She is so frightened that she becomes ill, but manages to send word to her father by means of a carrier-pigeon.
Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane

He’s not a carrier-pigeon, though he brings Important messages beneath his wings.
A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells

Like an exiled cat or a carrier-pigeon, he was making a straight line for home, but did not know it.
“Where Angels Fear to Tread” and Other Stories of the Sea Morgan Robertson

carrier-pigeon, a swindler, one who formerly used to cheat lottery-office keepers.
The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten

any homing pigeon, esp one used for carrying messages

carry the day
carry the torch
carry through
carry too far
carry weight


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