pay phone

noun

Definition of pay phone 

: a usually coin-operated public telephone

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Jo, a 21-year-old schoolteacher, rushed down to the phone company to use a pay phone to call for details about her husband. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "‘The verge of panic the entire time’: A survivor remembers diving to escape a flooded cave," 9 July 2018 Jo, a 21-year-old schoolteacher, rushed down to the phone company to use a pay phone to call for details about her husband. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "‘The verge of panic the entire time’: A survivor remembers diving to escape a flooded cave," 9 July 2018 Jo, a 21-year-old schoolteacher, rushed down to the phone company to use a pay phone to call for details about her husband. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "‘The verge of panic the entire time’: A survivor remembers diving to escape a flooded cave," 9 July 2018 Even now that most of us have phones in our pockets, pay phones aren't going anywhere. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: A Pay Phone," 27 Nov. 2015 Jo, a 21-year-old schoolteacher, rushed down to the phone company to use a pay phone to call for details about her husband. Lindsey Bever, ajc, "The dramatic and tragic rescue of explorers trapped in a cave — 53 years ago in America," 10 July 2018 The pay phone at the Calhoun County jail has turned into a lifeline for a novel group of inmates that has shown up this year: mothers facing deportation who desperately want to talk to their children. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Mothers with no criminal pasts await deportation in jail: 'Fight for us, please'," 8 May 2018 Sometime later, Jaeger and Wellmaker were near a pay phone when the sedan pulled up. Jacques Billeaud, azcentral, "Fatal attack on interracial couple in Arizona heads to trial," 7 May 2018 Two hours later, the kidnappers allowed Charmel to call her parents' home from a pay phone in front of a grocery store near Lincoln City. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of pay phone

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pay phone was in 1936

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pay phone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pay phone

: a public telephone that you can use if you put coins into it or use a calling card to pay for your call

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