Entry from US English dictionary
A nickname for any of the telephone companies created in 1984 from the breakup of the telecommunications company AT&T, which was nicknamed “Ma Bell.”.
- As if the Big Three telecom companies didn't have enough to worry about, now there are some Baby Bells on steroids to watch.
- He spent the early 1990s as the London-based chief of international operations for U S West, a Baby Bell now owned by Qwest.
- SBC, obviously, is a Baby Bell - so they're going to view it differently.
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Syllabification: Ba·by Bell
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