Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Slang To manipulate a telephone system illicitly to allow one to make calls without paying for them.

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  • n. A person who engages in phone phreaking.
  • v. To engage in phone phreaking.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of freak1 (influenced by phone).

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A combination of phone and freak.

Examples

  • A phone phreak is someone who loves exploring the telephone system and experimenting with it to understand how it works.

    Boing Boing

  • Recently I have been working on a piece that examines some of the aesthetics similarities between phrakers, underground hackers, and trollers and it sort of hit me that I had no idea when the term "phreak" or "freak" came into being.

    Planet Debian

  • "Spell 'phreak' with a ph and you're talking about somebody who steals phone services.

    Forgetfulness

  • But from his days as a phone phreak, breaking into Pac Bell himself,

    Forgetfulness

  • Instead, he was seduced by the funky phreak culture.

    Wired Top Stories

  • Yeah not so sure about an animated character there has to be another way to make stats interesting. phillies phreak m-m-m-m-m-maz headroom!

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  • He started out in the early 1980s, pulling pranks as a teenage "phone phreak" before moving on to more serious computer crime.

    A Superhacker Meets His Match

  • October 29, 2008 at 12:31 AM rise my minons of mayhem let us liberate the internet to be a 100% free domain. i summon every man or woman who can hack, phreak, crack to bring order to chaos.

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  • I used to be a phone phreak or telecomm hacker back in the early to late '70's, and I was part of an informal group wherein I was one of the social engineers and legal consigliare's.

    Posthuman Blues

  • In certain fone phreak circles you'll also see comments made about early releases of phones having such problems, which are subsequently corrected by firmware updates, but locating and installing revised firmware can be an adventure in itself.

    Another Question About Cell Phones

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