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Make the recipient of a telephone call responsible for payment.
- ‘But he was on temporary duty for three of the six months we dated, and when he called me, he reversed the charges.’
- ‘‘If he didn't have the money to ring, he would have reversed the charges,’ she said.’
- ‘Sending money abroad is like making a phone call and reversing the charges - something you were always warned should only be done in an emergency as it costs a fortune.’
- ‘One big daily newspaper here refused to take my colleague's call because she was having to reverse the charges.’
- ‘You can even reverse the charges, should you need advice or an ear to talk to.’
- ‘‘If you've not reversed the charges, can I take my time?’ chuckled Haig.’
- ‘Never one to shrink away from controversy, he said: ‘The Aberdonians must be reversing the charges if they are spending so long on the phone.’’
- ‘At the same time (inasmuch as time has any meaning over mind-bogglingly long distances), Jonah was reversing the charges on a phonecall to his mum.’
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