burner phone

[ bur-ner fohn ]

  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.

Origin of burner phone

2000–05; burn1 (perhaps in the slang sense “to disclose the identity of”) + -er1 + phone1

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