One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A business that receives and answers telephone calls for its clients.
- ‘His business was registered to a London address and had a telephone answering service.’
- ‘You can call my office number and the answering service will know how to get in touch with me.’
- ‘Callers to the new number will access an electronic answering service which will record the details of incidents and allow information to be collected and collated by the council.’
- ‘I've had other patients leave messages on the office answering machine that were clearly emergencies instead of waiting for the answering service to pick up.’
- ‘Any personal calls will be handled by our answering service, which I believe you are familiar with.’
- ‘What this means is that any calls from anxious parents in the middle of the night would get forwarded from the clinic answering service to my home phone.’
- ‘Two of the numbers listed for the Eastern Area office rang until they were directed to an answering service which didn't function.’
- ‘Computerised telephone answering services are pretty commonplace these days and many companies use them to streamline the processing of incoming calls.’
- ‘Late in 1999 the plaintiff left a message with the answering service of Professor Erskine, obviously complaining about attributions.’
- ‘I'd hardly call one vague message left on my answering service an attempt at communication.’
- ‘The contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.’
- ‘A phone caller to most county councils is greeted by an automatic answering service.’
- ‘The virtual offices give client companies a Dublin address and phone number, telephone answering service, and a mail and fax forwarding service.’
- ‘Except we don't have one of those regular guys with an office and a secretary or at least an answering service that you can call at any time.’
- ‘She had some business calls she was expecting that she didn't want to leave to an answering service, or voice-mail.’
- ‘They have answering services and a doctor checks their messages every hour!’
- ‘She may have withdrawn her Web site, but her telephone answering service is still up and running, they say.’
- ‘I have always thought that an automated answering service starts a customer's dialogue with a company off on the wrong foot.’
- ‘‘It's the answering service,’ she told him, grabbing the handset and handing it to him.’
- ‘If he hears his own number, he knows there has been a call for him and he can get the message from a telephone answering service.’
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