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1‘she spent hours on the phone’
telephone, mobile phone, mobile, cell phone, car phone, radio-telephone, cordless phone, videophone, extension
North American speakerphone
British informal blower
British rhyming slang dog and bone
2‘pick up the phone and dial 999’
handset, earpiece, receiver
3‘give me a phone sometime’
phone call, telephone call, call, ring
British informal tinkle, bell
1‘maybe I should phone the police’
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
informal buzz, give someone a buzz
British informal bell, give someone a bell, give someone a tinkle, get on the blower to
North American informal get someone on the horn
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