also phone up" or "phone someone up
  • Call someone on the telephone.

    with object ‘he phoned her at work’
    no object ‘she phoned about twenty minutes ago’
    • ‘I phoned them up and challenged them on this and they admitted it.’
    • ‘He said: ‘A friend phoned me up and told me there was a possibility of floods.’’
    • ‘She phoned me up and we pondered it for a few minutes, before realising the PC in question didn't have any speakers.’
    • ‘I have people phoning me up with their concerns.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure anything had happened until friends started phoning me up.’
    • ‘Some people have phoned us up and have come in and made statements.’
    • ‘The PFY dutifully phones and a ring sound emerges from the heart of the machine.’
    • ‘She phoned them up and demanded they redeliver.’
    • ‘My Egyptian friend had phoned me up and asked if I would like to go with her to see the Agricultural College where she studies, and meet her fellow students.’
    • ‘A representative of the British Olympic Association actually phoned me up to ask if he was making a political statement.’
    • ‘They phoned us up today asking if we do get to do the show, would be want to play live or play to a backing tape and if we can we're going to play live.’
    • ‘I got home from the hospital and they phoned me up immediately to say they were taking her to theatre, so I had to go straight back.’
    • ‘Feeling really tired, I phoned Lucy up to say that I couldn't make it today & I have spent most of the day lazing around, reading the paper mainly.’
    • ‘People have been phoning me up and stopping me in the street and saying how sorry they are to hear about what has happened to us.’
    • ‘Then you come home and phone a friend to grumble about this speech you've got to make.’
    • ‘It takes a couple of seconds to phone a team doctor and check if you can take something.’
    • ‘At least I had the sense of calling in sick this morning and when my boss phoned me up to check on me he asked if I wanted tomorrow off as well, which I gladly agreed to.’
    • ‘Sloan, who organised the music, wrote a wish list of all her favourite bands in the world and then started phoning them up.’
    • ‘Frank phoned me up after Silverstone last year and things started to firm up over the winter.’
    • ‘She phoned me up at home to ask if I could come in at 3.40!’
    telephone, call, call up, give someone a call, give someone a ring, ring, ring up, get someone on the phone, get on the phone to, get, reach, dial, make a call, place a call, make a call to, place a call to
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