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or di·rect di·al

[dih-rekt-dahy-uh l, -dahyl, dahy-]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to make a telephone call outside the local area without the assistance of an operator.
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  1. being a telephone or telephone system enabling long-distance calls to be direct-dialed.
  2. of or relating to direct dialing.
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  • Malone, realizing that with direct-dial phones Boyd had no idea where he was actually calling from, kept wisely quiet.

    Occasion for Disaster

    Gordon Randall Garrett