pay phone


Definition of pay phone

: a usually coin-operated public telephone

Examples of pay phone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The night DeMarco beat Saxton, his sister Mary ran to a Garden pay phone to tell his parents the news., 16 Oct. 2021 When Monica calls Marcia from a mall pay phone, Marcia convinces her not to warn Bill. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 12 Oct. 2021 But, last year, the new owner, Bert, had had the number on the pay phone changed, undermining a host of shady deals and alibis. Colson Whitehead, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 The call is later determined to have been made from a pay phone near the park. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 22 July 2021 Angelo, however, is at the back of the restaurant, at a pay phone, taking a message for Tony, as gunfire sprays the booth all around him (destroying a coffee brewer, which wets his clothing). Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 6 July 2021 For all those reasons, the American teen summer job was going the way of the pay phone. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 All the while, Tevye is waiting for the pay phone to ring with an update on his daughter Tzeitl, who has just arrived on Ellis Island with her son and new husband. Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2021 The days of coordinating criminal activity by beeper and pay phone are long gone. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 9 June 2021

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First Known Use of pay phone

1936, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2021

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“Pay phone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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