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A telephone answering machine.
- ‘If you telephone us, please talk to the answerphone!’
- ‘As it happens, I have an answerphone and Caller ID, but disproportionate numbers of elderly or infirm people don't, and harassment is harassment.’
- ‘As is usual with the house phone, I leave it to go onto the answerphone - anyone worth talking to will start leaving a message and if I want to talk to them then I can pick it up and do so.’
- ‘Returning from work, I find a message from a cheery-sounding woman on my answerphone.’
- ‘‘Why did you leave a message on my answerphone?’’
- ‘It's not the prettiest phone in the world but my main desire was a cordless phone with an answerphone and speed-dial and this was the cheapest one of those.’
- ‘The device is a telephone, answerphone, fax, personal organiser and monitor, with email facilities, all rolled into one.’
- ‘I was just online and the downstairs phone rang, and the answerphone kicked in.’
- ‘Ownership of other communication links such as answerphones, fax, and internet are all likely to increase too, and this will add to the problems of contacting householders by phone.’
- ‘And he said that sales came through the human touch rather than relying on answerphones and other machines.’
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