One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A telephone connection that has been wrongly made with the result that another call or calls can be heard.‘the system will be totally secure from crossed lines and tapping’
- ‘Sorry, there must be a crossed line, I can't hear what you're saying!’
- ‘For the past 48 hours I keep keep getting completely crossed lines and ending up with the person I'm calling talking to someone else and me connected to someone else too.’
- ‘Yesterday, over a crossed line, she heard a murder being planned.’
- ‘It's a crossed line, the other party won't get off the phone and it takes the intervention of the operator to get through to your lover.’
- ‘It was bad enough that his phone kept getting crossed lines, without the added hassle of all the low-lifes he was being forced to talk to.’
- ‘An ‘intermittent crossed line fault on the company's UK network’ is being blamed for some callers being able to listen in to other people's calls.’
- ‘If there was a fight on the street, or an argument in the next room, or a crossed line, or someone punishing a child, he was transfixed, and he listened.’
- ‘I'm just about to put the phone down, when I hear muffled voices in the background like a crossed line.’
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