call box


British : a public telephone booth
: a telephone usually located on the side of a road for reporting emergencies (such as fires or automobile breakdowns)

Examples of call box in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man was able to reach an emergency call box during the attack, leading to police being dispatched to the garage, according to the release. Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2023 Dispatchers reported that an unknown female had stopped at the police station call box at 8:14 p.m. Nov. 27 asking for help, with a child also heard screaming in the background. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2022 In an Arlington Heights Police Department news release, officials stated that around 6:35 a.m. on April 16, officers responded to a call that came from an emergency call box in the underground parking garage located at 35 S. Evergreen Avenue. Chicago Tribune, 9 May 2023 An emergency call box with a surveillance camera at the intersection of Helen Street and Talbot Avenue. Danny McDonald,, 11 Mar. 2023 In October 2022, the town installed an emergency call box in the area — connecting directly to the town’s 911 dispatching service. Johanna Seltz,, 27 Dec. 2022 But the caller stopped talking into the call box and was gone two minutes later when police arrived, with no further information available. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2022 There is an emergency call box at Bonya’s health clinic. Michael Robinson Chavez, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2022 The call box cost about $20,000, and the money came out of the town’s operating budget, officials said. Johanna Seltz,, 4 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of call box was in 1877

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“Call box.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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