- a public telephone requiring that the caller deposit coins or use a credit card to pay for a call.
Origin of pay phone
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called pay station.
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Examples from the Web for pay phone
Though both Galicot brothers reside in San Diego, their pay-phone empire appears to be a tangled web that spans continents.Two Companies Accused of Fleecing U.S. Troops
March 6, 2012
Satisfied that Nugent considered the Ewing story dead, Joey left the paper and hurried to a pay-phone.The Prophetic Camera