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ring off the hook

Definition of ring off the hook

US of a telephone

  1. :  to ring constantly or frequently <The phone was ringing off the hook all morning.>



Word by Word Definitions

ringplay
  1. :  a circular band for holding, connecting, hanging, pulling, packing, or sealing

    :  a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger

    :  a circular line, figure, or object

  1. :  to provide with a ring

    :  to place or form a ring around :  encircle

    :  girdle

  1. :  to sound resonantly or sonorously

    :  to be filled with a reverberating sound :  resound

    :  to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound

  1. :  a set of bells

    :  a clear resonant sound made by or resembling that made by vibrating metal

    :  resonant tone :  sonority

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

hookplay
  1. :  a curved or bent device for catching, holding, or pulling

    :  something intended to attract and ensnare

    :  anchor

  1. :  to form into a hook :  crook

    :  to seize or make fast by or as if by a hook

    :  steal, pilfer


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