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phone tree Syllabification: phone tree

Definition of phone tree in English:


1A menu-driven system that routes callers to recordings, more menus, or a person, depending on their responses: users had to navigate an elaborate phone tree before reaching a counselor
More example sentences
  • On the phone tree, Press #5 for "Hot Issues."
  • He couldn't get through to customer service and found himself lost in an automatic phone tree.
  • Today, I finally had enough time to navigate through's phone tree and reach the right customer-service person.
2A system for contacting a large number of people quickly in which each person called then telephones a number of other designated people.
Example sentences
  • To put your phone number on the phone tree contact John.
  • Neighbors living next to the park organized themselves to watch for illicit activity and summon police response via a phone tree.
  • Meetings should be held and phone trees established to develop an action plan.
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