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trunk call

noun, Chiefly British.
a long-distance phone call.
Origin of trunk call
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "trunk call from London; you're through," announced the hotel operator.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • After that he tried a trunk call to the office of the makers of the car.

    The Smuggler's Cave

    George A. Birmingham
  • He hadn't yet had to face a trunk call, and he thought the telephone was fainting.

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • The telephone squealed shrilly; it was a trunk call from Nemesis.

  • In fairness to the Postal authorities he should have admitted that it was a trunk call.

  • "A trunk call," he said, explaining the delay in receiving acknowledgment from the other end of the wire.

    The Daffodil Mystery

    Edgar Wallace
  • On the third day, about two in the afternoon, I received a trunk call on the 'phone.

    Spies of the Kaiser William Le Queux
  • He had never stayed in the house before, and he had booked his room by a trunk call from London.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • Send to this address in Putney, verify the fact that Ricardos has a daughter, and give me a trunk call to Brighton.

  • He could not have looked more amazed if she had demanded a trunk call to Heaven.

    From Snotty to Sub Wolstan Beaumont Charles Weld Forester
British Dictionary definitions for trunk call

trunk call

(mainly Brit) a long-distance telephone call
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