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pay phone

noun
  1. a public telephone requiring that the caller deposit coins or use a credit card to pay for a call.
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Origin of pay phone

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called pay station.
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Contemporary Examples of payphone

Historical Examples of payphone

  • I worried that there was probably a camera aimed at the payphone he'd used.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • We walked into a drugstore and he dropped a nickel into a payphone, hunching the receiver between ear and shoulder.


British Dictionary definitions for payphone

payphone

noun
  1. a public telephone operated by coins or a phonecard
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Word Origin and History for payphone

n.

also pay-phone, 1906, from pay (v.) + phone (n.).

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