1 handset, phone, Colloq blower, Chiefly US horn:
Mr Fraser, the Managing Director is on the telephone for you.
2 phone, ring (up), call (up), give (someone) a ring or a call, Colloq get (someone) on the blower or Chiefly US the horn, give (someone) a tinkle or a buzz, buzz:
Telephone when you have a chance.
pay, public | office, private
The office telephones were all out of order.
| cellular, cordless, mobile, portable | radio, satellite
VERB + TELEPHONE
Can I use your telephone?
| be on
Don't pester me now?I'm on the telephone. We're not on the telephone, so you'll have to come round to the house.
| answer, get
Hang on?I'll just get the telephone.
| hang up, put down
She put down the telephone and burst into tears.
| leave/take off the hook
I've been trying to phone him all day?he must have left his telephone off the hook.
| be wanted on
The waiter came to tell me I was wanted on the telephone.
| call sb to
He was called to the telephone just as he was leaving.
| bug, tap | connect, install | disconnect
TELEPHONE + VERB
The telephone was ringing furiously. The telephone shrilled into the silence.
| be off the hook
TELEPHONE + NOUN
number | book, directory | bill | call, message | conversation, enquiry, interview, query, survey | contact
She is in telephone contact with headquarters.
| helpline, hotline, support
The charity has set up a 24-hour telephone helpline.
| company | banking, marketing, service | charges | cord, headset, receiver | cable, exchange, line, network, switchboard, system, wire | box, kiosk | voice
A good telephone voice can do much to improve the temper of irate callers.
Can I get in touch by telephone?
| on the ~
She sounded very distant on the telephone.
| over the ~
I don't want to talk about this over the telephone.
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