Definition of phone-in in English:


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chiefly British
  • 1A radio or television programme during which the listeners or viewers telephone the studio and participate.
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    • D-Day on the BBC also includes a wide range of regional output, from documentaries and news coverage to magazine programmes and phone-ins, both on radio and television.
    • But I'm sure that those poor souls who are charged with thinking up topics for BBC radio phone-ins and discussion programmes will be lapping this one up.
    • As the controversy spread from the broadsheets to the tabloids, to the daytime talkshows and the radio phone-ins, parental anxieties intensified.
  • 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting something conducted by people leaving answers or messages by telephone: a phone-in contest
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    • We don't need a 1-900 phone-in poll to get that answer.
    • All GAA clubs and pubs in the region were contacted about the phone-in auction which was conducted by neighbour, Patrick O'Brien, last week.
    • It was a phone-in poll, so unscientific, but it was the largest vote they've ever recorded and the results were so emphatic it must be indicative of something.

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