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speaking tube

  1. a tube for conveying the voice over a somewhat limited distance, as from one part of a building or ship to another.
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Origin of speaking tube

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for speaking tube

Historical Examples

  • "I've been looking him up," growled Jamison through the speaking-tube.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930


  • Could the pipe be used as a speaking-tube when the water was turned off?

  • Tranter spoke some instructions through the speaking-tube to the chauffeur.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming

  • "That ought to do," he muttered as he blew down a speaking-tube.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • Everything seemed to be done with a bell, a speaking-tube or a crank.

    Rudder Grange

    Frank R. Stockton

British Dictionary definitions for speaking tube

speaking tube

  1. a tube or pipe for conveying a person's voice from one room, area, or building to another
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