dialer

noun
di·al·er | \ˈdī(-ə)-lər \

Definition of dialer 

: a person or device that dials something (such as a telephone) With the purchase of the right list, telephone dialers can force themselves and their cause on strangers, something the Internet can't do without unleashing a torrent of angry responses from e-mail users …— Nicholas von Hoffman Her group put together a petition signed by more than 100,000 consumers demanding that regulators crack down on companies … using automated dialers and recorded voices to market scams.— Shawn Zeller

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The same rules apply to creditors seeking to collect debts, which lawyers and advocates say can be some of the most ruthless dialers. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.," 6 May 2018 Business groups counter that defining auto-dialers too broadly would hurt legitimate businesses trying to reach their customers. BostonGlobe.com, "Legal troubles continue for ex-Volkswagen CEO," 7 May 2018 Business groups, including the Consumer Bankers Association, counter that defining auto-dialers too broadly would hurt legitimate businesses trying to reach their customers. Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, "Yes, It’s Bad. Robocalls, and Their Scams, Are Surging.," 6 May 2018 There were prank callers and flat-out angry dialers, according to reporters listening. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "A lot changed since LSU lost to Troy," 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dialer

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dialer was in 1922

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