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telephone booth

a more or less soundproof booth containing a public telephone.
Also called, especially British, telephone box.
Origin of telephone booth
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Inside this was a private office which was simply furnished and had in one corner what appeared to be a telephone box.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • The room was still unfurnished, save for the telephone box on the wall.

    The Leak Jacques Futrelle
  • He now took out his watch and hung it on a projecting stud of the telephone box.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • Mr. Harbison stared up at her, with the telephone box in his hands.

    When a Man Marries Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Merci, mam'selle," replied Dastral, as he hastened to the telephone box.

  • A mile and a half from Watson Lake we came to a telephone box.

    The Lake of the Sky George Wharton James
  • The telephone box was placed there, and Furneaux emerged as the other ran down a few steps.

  • For a moment he leaned against the side of the telephone box shaking uncontrollably.

  • I entered the station, and for some moments stood outside the telephone box numbered 4.

    The Sign of Silence William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for telephone box

telephone box

an enclosure from which a paid telephone call can be made Also called telephone kiosk, telephone booth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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