on the phone

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Definition of on the phone

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?
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“On the phone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20phone. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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