from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A business service that answers its clients' telephone calls and conveys messages to the clients.
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I handed everything over to her as well—the scrapbook, the list of Judy’s telephone answering service clients that Marsha Sandy had obtained for me, the videotaped confessions, even Lee’s own files that she had brought over for us to study.
“Those are the names of Judy Mayer’s answering service clients,” Marsha informed me.