on the phone

idiom

1
: using a telephone to talk to someone
Can you see who's at the door? I'm on the phone.
I was on the phone with my sister until late last night.
2
British : connected to a telephone system
How many households aren't on the phone?

Examples of on the phone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rallying allies around the proposal, senior U.S. officials have spent days on the phone to key leaders in the region. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 Loading your audio article By George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune Ringo Starr is on the phone from Las Vegas and he’s got lots of fab things to talk about, including some that have been largely kept under wraps. San Diego Union-Tribune, The Mercury News, 6 June 2024 Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Ringo Starr is on the phone from Las Vegas and he’s got lots of fab things to talk about, including some that have been largely kept under wraps. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 June 2024 Her attorney Michael Pizzi claims his client was on the phone with 911 asking for help as she was being arrested. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for on the phone 

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“On the phone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20phone. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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