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phone-in

[ fohn-in ]
/ ˈfoʊnˌɪn /
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noun, adjective
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Origin of phone-in

First recorded in 1965–70; noun, adj. use of verb phrase phone in
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British Dictionary definitions for phone-in (1 of 2)

phone in

verb (adv)
(intr) to make a telephone call to deliver information (esp to a broadcasting studio or place of work)
(tr) slang to deliver (a performance) in a perfunctory manner

British Dictionary definitions for phone-in (2 of 2)

phone-in

noun
  1. a radio or television programme in which listeners' or viewers' questions, comments, etc, are telephoned to the studio and broadcast live
  2. (as modifier)a phone-in discussion
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