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."
Then she rang me up from some call-office and told me what she had done.
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.
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. "
Westbourne Grove, and then laughed at you over the telephone from a public call-office. "