telephone

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noun ⇨ See also ↑phone
ADJECTIVE
public
office

The office telephones were all out of order.

cellular, cordless, digital, mobile, portable, wireless
radio, satellite
VERB + TELEPHONE
use

Can I use your telephone?

be on

Don't pester me now—I'm on the telephone.

We're not on the telephone, so you'll have to come around to the house. (BrE)

have

Excuse me, do you have a telephone?

answer, get (informal), pick up

Hang on—I'll just get the telephone.

hang up, put down

She put down the telephone and burst into tears.

call sb to

He was called to the telephone just as he was leaving.

bug (BrE), tap
connect, install
disconnect
TELEPHONE + VERB
ring

The telephone was ringing furiously.

TELEPHONE + NOUN
number

All letters should include an address and a daytime telephone number.

book, directory
bill
call, message
conference, conversation, enquiry (BrE), interview, poll, survey
contact

She is in telephone contact with headquarters.

helpline (BrE), hotline, support

The charity has set up a 24-hour telephone hotline.

company
banking (esp. BrE), service
charges
cord, handset, headset, receiver
cable, line, pole (AmE), wire
exchange, network, switchboard, system
operator
booth, box (BrE), kiosk (BrE)
tapping
PREPOSITION
by telephone

Can I get in touch by telephone?

on the telephone

She sounded very distant on the telephone.

over the telephone

I don't want to talk about this over the telephone.

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verb
Telephone is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ambulance

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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