Definition of call box in US English:

call box


  • 1North American A roadside telephone for use only in an emergency.

    • ‘To speed communication from outlying areas, install emergency call boxes or another form of communication.’
    • ‘Nina hides a bottle of vodka in the elevator call box.’
    • ‘Further back, toward the cathedral's choir section, four cast-iron emergency call boxes were arranged in front of a 30-foot-long wall of newspaper clippings about police violence.’
    • ‘You may have seen larger solar panels - on emergency road signs or call boxes, on buoys, even in parking lots to power lights.’
    • ‘That's where the Safe Tee emergency call box comes into play.’
    • ‘A safety escort service had been established, and emergency call boxes were installed on campus.’
    • ‘I was standing on a street and saw a red emergency call box.’
  • 2British A public telephone booth.

    • ‘John Marshall was on the run from York Police when he telephoned his mother from a public call box in Amsterdam and told her he had nothing to lose.’
    • ‘You only had to use a call box once during the day to realise it was costing you an arm and a leg.’
    • ‘At one point she claims her daughter's mobile phone number was plastered in call boxes and at bus stops inviting people to ring her on a chat line.’
    • ‘It blames the proliferation of mobile phones for the fact that some call boxes, particularly those in quieter areas, are becoming obsolete.’
    • ‘From a call box he phoned Susan and was surprised to get an answer.’
    • ‘It was much easier than going to the call box outside then running back inside the shop to make my purchase.’
    • ‘He had been unable to get through on his mobile and so had used a call box.’
    • ‘Griffin says covert liaisons and secret calls from a lover in a call box proclaiming how much he needs you are romantic and even addictive.’
    • ‘A CCTV operator then gave police details of a man in a call box on Kew Road, Richmond.’
    • ‘I remember a sequence where he is in a call box in the middle of nowhere waiting to jump another freight train west.’
    • ‘Cellular technology is rendering coin operated call boxes redundant.’
    • ‘She was walking back to her hostel after phoning her boyfriend at a nearby call box when she was attacked.’
    • ‘British Telecom is planning to axe 30,000 call boxes throughout the country.’
    • ‘His time machine looks like a British police call box from the '60s.’
    • ‘But subsequently he had changed that account and said he now remembered meeting a witness and being out of his flat earlier and going to a call box to ring his drug supplier.’
    • ‘One day I was expecting an important call so I rang my home telephone from a public call box and keyed into my messaging service to see if anyone had phoned.’
    • ‘Residents say that a succession of elderly women in the village has kept the call box spick and span and added the homely touches for more than 15 years.’
    • ‘Since he doesn't want his wife to find out about phoning the young lass he phones her instead from a call box, the very same one, every morning at a set time.’
    • ‘Still standing in the same village is the red call box which features in the film.’
    • ‘British Telecom announced recently that it planned to remove around 10,000 of the 75,000 public call boxes of all types still in existence.’


call box

/ˈkɔl ˌbɑks//ˈkôl ˌbäks/