any telephone call involving a higher base rate than that fixed for a local message.
Why Is It Called Soccer?In a few countries this game is referred to by names having nothing to do with balls - it is called soccer. Why do American English speakers do this?
Why Do We Call Them Berries?The berry family is a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages, like English. Other languages, like Spanish and French, do not combine the wide, diverse berry family into one group, but rather have very different words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.
Origin of toll call
First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for toll call
British obsolete a short-distance trunk call
US a long-distance telephone call at a rate higher than that for a local call
NZ a telephone call beyond a free-dialling area for which a charge is made
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