pay phone

noun

Definition of pay phone 

: a usually coin-operated public telephone

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That same year, 25-year-old Nancy Fox was strangled with nylon stockings in her home. Craving media attention, Rader called police from a pay phone, giving Fox's name and address without revealing his identity. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "BTK killer Dennis Rader tells all in unheard interview for doc: 'It's a demon that's within me'," 21 Aug. 2018 When Baby calls Doc from a pay phone, there are purposeful graffiti tentacles around him. Dana Schwartz, Marie Claire, "17 Easter Eggs You Probably Missed in 'Baby Driver'," 1 Aug. 2017 When news broke that due to budget cuts the Metropolitan Museum of Art would stop distributing admission buttons, many described it as the end of an era, akin to the demise of subway tokens and corner pay phones. Town & Country, "Invaluable: Museum Buttons," 17 Jan. 2014 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 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

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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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