Definitions

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  • n. a public telephone that requires pre-payment to operate, generally via the insertion of coins or a credit card

Etymologies

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from pay + phone

Examples

  • The payphone is the twenty-first century horse-trough.

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  • Promptly at two, he called the payphone outside Bloomingdale’s.

    A STRANGER IS WATCHING

  • The payphone was the type that only took dollars for every call, and frequently did funky things like drop calls or simply not work or return any change.

    On Reliance on Technology

  • Cavazos speaks English, Spanish, and French, and is inviting everyone to call the payphone using Skype for a quick chat.

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  • These tenders would include services such as payphone installation, cleaning, gardening, pest control, office plant maintenance, window cleaning, construction and security.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Prepaid services have been further adapted to offer mobile 'payphone' services.

    Mobile Africa

  • "You could go around the world five or six times," Jobs says, "and then you could call the payphone next door.

    News

  • Montgomery County police said Bernardo Paz Flores-Olvera, 32, called 911 from a payphone moments before midnight.

    Md. man allegedly kills wife

  • Peng Gaofeng had been searching for his son Wenle since 2008, when the boy, then three years old, disappeared from a public square near Mr. Peng's small payphone shop.

    China Kidnap Case Plays Out With Web's Help

  • No dinner tips, but maybe she'd gone to a payphone, made the call.

    Message '93

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