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call box Syllabification: call box

Definition of call box in English:


1North American A roadside telephone for use only in an emergency.
Example sentences
  • I was standing on a street and saw a red emergency call box.
  • That's where the Safe Tee emergency call box comes into play.
  • 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.
2British A public telephone booth.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It was much easier than going to the call box outside then running back inside the shop to make my purchase.

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