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telephone book

a book, directory, or the like, usually containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers in a city or other area, together with their addresses and telephone numbers.
Also called telephone directory.
Origin of telephone book
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then he turned to the telephone book and fumbled through its leaves, backward and forward.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • "Of course," I said, jumping up and looking for the telephone book.

    A Chain of Evidence Carolyn Wells
  • I didn't know where to look for you in the telephone book, you were utterly lost.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Being unable to recall the number, he had had to consult the telephone book.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • He had a Bible, a prayer-book and a Chicago telephone book with him.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • He found a telephone book and dialed one number after another.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Lane had found the number of Helen's home in the telephone book.

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