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burner phone

[bur-ner fohn] /ˈbɜr nər ˌfoʊn/
noun, Informal.
1.
a disposable cell phone with prepaid service, often used with the intent to temporarily obscure the true identity or contact information of the user: Members of the cartel used burner phones to evade federal surveillance.
I always give out the number from my burner phone when I’m going on a blind date.
Also called burner.
Origin of burner phone
2000-2005
2000-05; burn1 (perhaps in the slang sense “to disclose the identity of”) + -er1 + phone1
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