pay phone


: a usually coin-operated public telephone

Examples of pay phone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In October 2018, the West Covina Police Department got a pay phone call from a woman at an Arco gas station alleging Elwyn employees were abusing a man matching Newman’s description — a Black man with a disability. Rebecca Ellis, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 There is still an operating pay phone located in the hallway at the IRS building. Fatima Hussein, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2024 The hacks reportedly used a technique known as SIM swapping—in which threat actors trick or pay phone carrier personnel to transfer a target’s phone number to a new SIM card. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2023 Nobody’s going to stop you from really, truly doing anything on a pay phone right now, or a newspaper stand, or – in certain areas – a pothole. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Jan. 2024 There was a request for a subway car, a pay phone, a model of Willie’s Burgers in Williamsburg. Liza Weisstuch, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2023 Being there again, Bowling noticed an inset in a wall where there once was a pay phone that students used to call home. Praveena Somasundaram, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 The image of Renée on a pay phone with fake rain and a [crane-like] condor lighting up the sky is burned in my brain as the beginning of everything. Joanna Calo, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023 To one side of the antiquated devices is an array of things supposedly supplanted by the smartphone, including a pay phone, a boombox and a Minidisc player. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 21 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pay phone was in 1936

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“Pay phone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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