from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In telephony, an office or central station where the call-signals from the various telephones of the system are received and transmitted, and where the connections necessary to intercommunication are made.


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  • "Yes, I _thought_ you'd mess it all up in spite of your ichneumonics, or whatever you call them; and so after lunch I went to the call-office and ordered the things myself."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 5th, 1914

  • Then she rang me up from some call-office and told me what she had done.

    The Stretton Street Affair

  • There, to be sure, I myself had spotted one of the precious pair when I drove up after vain exertions at the call-office outside Lord's; but by that time his confederate was on guard at the Piccadilly end, and Raffles had not only shown a clean pair of wings, but left the poor brutes to watch an empty cage.

    Mr. Justice Raffles

  • But soon you confided to me the fact that your wife, being spiteful towards you, had abandoned your heir, little Oswald, in Westbourne Grove, and had then rung up from a call-office telling you to find him. "

    The Stretton Street Affair

  • Westbourne Grove, and then laughed at you over the telephone from a public call-office. "

    The Stretton Street Affair


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