- a public telephone requiring that the caller deposit coins or use a credit card to pay for a call.
Origin of pay phone
First recorded in 1935–40
Also called pay station.
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Examples from the Web for payphone
They now learned that his real name was Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed and managed to pinpoint him as he made one of his payphone calls.Bin Laden’s Life on the Run, Witnessed by Al Qaeda Child Bride
July 10, 2013
Operatives figured out how to flash a message on the Jumbotron for him to find a payphone.Inside the Other Situation Room
May 19, 2011
I was on a payphone, sitting on the floor in some abandoned corner of the hotel.The Last Blowout
The Daily Beast
October 31, 2010
- a public telephone operated by coins or a phonecard
Word Origin and History for payphone
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