telephone booth


Definition of telephone booth 

: an enclosure within which one may stand or sit while making a telephone call

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America was looking for a hero, and women stepped into the telephone booth and put on our capes. Brianna Wu, Marie Claire, "I Ran for Congress. I Lost. I'm Persisting. Quitting Is Not an Option In the Trump Era.," 9 Oct. 2018 Among other things, Pruitt’s been accused of flying first-class on the taxpayer’s dime, spending $43,000 on a soundproof telephone booth and buying a bullet-proof desk. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Pruitt admits knowing about controversial raise, despite past denial," 26 Apr. 2018 Imagine a rectangle box/cabinet, sort of like a telephone booth., "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 These were the dark days of telephone booths (and long distance charges), rabbit-ear TV antennas wrapped with tinfoil to enhance reception, and cameras with flashcubes perched on top. Southern Living, "6 Places Southerners Went to Be "In the Know" Before Facebook," 2 July 2018 Visitors to the studio, which looks like an old-fashioned telephone booth, can dial up stories recorded by locals. Sustain your tour with a cappuccino ($3.50) from Prevail Union Craft Coffee. New York Times, "36 Hours in Montgomery, Ala.," 3 May 2018 Partygoers can also take photos with a red telephone booth and life-sized cardboard cutouts of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Her Majesty the Queen. Margeaux Sippell,, "1,000 eggs, 500 bangers, 136 jams: A royal wedding viewing party menu by the numbers," 17 May 2018 The blurring of the line was visible on thousands of bus stops, billboards and telephone booths where the government plastered posters warning of the dangers of immigrants. Marc Santora And Helene Bienvenu, New York Times, "Hungary Election Was Free but Not Entirely Fair, Observers Say," 9 Apr. 2018 From his paranoia about personal security and that $43,000 soundproof telephone booth to sweetheart lodging deals with lobbyists and big pay raises for young aides, Pruitt will be answering some skeptical House members. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "If Scott Pruitt Leaves, Will EPA Science Change Course?," 26 Apr. 2018

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1888, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of telephone booth

What It Is

In the trading world, a telephone booth refers to a phone bank on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

How It Works

When an investor wishes to buy or sell a security listed on the NYSE, she "places a trade" or an "order" by calling her broker or going to her online trading account. In either case, the order goes to a broker, who can get the order to the exchange several ways -- through a regional exchange, electronic communications network, or directly to the NYSE. No matter how the order is placed, it eventually reaches the floor of the NYSE where floor brokers and specialists handle transactions.

Why It Matters

The telephone booth is there to handle communication between the parties, though in today's age of electronic communication and cell phones, they are quickly becoming memorabilia.

Source: Investing Answers

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