One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pipe for conveying a person's voice from one room or building to another.
- ‘Over the speaking tube, and in a much more forceful tone, the pilot once again told me to do a loop.’
- ‘He didn't do a great deal himself, apart from shouting down an ancient speaking tube to the unseen troglodytes who worked in the wine cellars far below.’
- ‘She would have had to use a speaking tube and something like a gas mask while shouting very loudly.’
- ‘His bed is still there, together with the speaking tubes that kept him in touch with goings-on at the bridge.’
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