American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An arm of the western Atlantic Ocean bounded by the coasts of Central and South America and the West Indies. It has been an important shipping route since the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914. Its many islands and tropical climate make the Caribbean a major tourist area.
“A call-by is what I call the telephone equivalent of a drive-by, when you’re crushing on someone so you figure out a way to drive by their house to see if they’re home, if the lights are on, if, oh my goodness you’re hanging out on the porch and I just “happened” to be driving by, why don’t we go out for coffee or something?”
“Call-by’s, by the way, are not advisable if the person on the receiving end has Caller ID, which I knew for a fact that the recipient of my call-by did not have, or if that person is a chronic *69er which is an interesting numeric choice on the part of the phone company, in my opinion.”
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