pay phone


Definition of pay phone

: a usually coin-operated public telephone

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Free 911 calls can also be made at pay phones at all transit stations., "Armed suspect arrested at Northeast Portland MAX light-rail station," 31 July 2019 By the time the Park at Heritage Square, featuring the gazebo, was completed in late 1999, cell phones were readily available and the phone company would not install a pay phone., "Avon’s Heritage Gazebo celebrates 20 years as center landmark: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville," 5 July 2019 Moments later, an administrator pointed out a pay phone on the wall of the prison’s common room. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 Eastham Town Administrator Jacqueline Beebe says other communities are considering putting in pay phones. Philip Marcelo, The Seattle Times, "Cape Cod shark attacks show need for better cell service," 18 Sep. 2018 This could improve their chances of getting credit cards, personal loans and auto loans, because paying phone and utility providers consistently could be a sign that consumers will pay other bills as well. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Want a Better Credit Score? Soon, Your Cellphone Bill Could Help," 18 Dec. 2018 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

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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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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