Meaning of pocket-dial in English:


verbverb pocket-dials, verb pocket-dialling, verb pocket-dialled; US verb pocket-dialing, US verb pocket-dialed

[with object] informal North American
  • Inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one's pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone.

    • ‘he pocket-dialled the police and dispatchers listened in on a conversation about the sale of drugs’
    • ‘His smartphone pocket-dials his significant other who hears everything.’
    • ‘The ring also allows users to accept or reject incoming calls, speed dial numbers and notify if you've pocket-dialled someone.’
    • ‘Two sisters were arrested after inadvertently pocket-dialing the hotel they had allegedly just robbed.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people accidentally pocket dial for emergency help every year in B.C.'s Lower Mainland and Sea to Sky regions.’
    • ‘I pocket-dialed 911 not once, but twice in the same day, and that was with the key-lock enabled.’
    • ‘The only time I've ever pocket-dialed was when I didn't lock it first and my hand probably touched the screen as I was placing it in my pocket.’
    • ‘Her husband accidentally pocket dialed 911, which led to a front-door visit from police.’
    • ‘The increasing use of cellphones in B.C. has exacerbated the problem, Daykin said, noting he has accidentally pocket-dialed people before.’
    • ‘He said that his police department had dealt with 828 pocket-dialled emergency calls in the past six weeks.’
    • ‘When the 28-year-old got the call from Canadian chef de mission Steve Podborski, she thought she'd pocket-dialled him.’


(also pocket dial)
informal North American
  • An inadvertent call made on a mobile phone in one's pocket, as a result of pressure being applied accidentally to a button or buttons on the phone.

    • ‘deputies said a pocket dial to 911 led them to an underage drinking party’
    • ‘Cellphone pocket dials alone accounted for 420 false 911 calls to the dispatch centre in October.’
    • ‘The school also self-reported seven phone calls that were pocket dials.’
    • ‘He was arrested in March after what police described as a pocket dial to 911 dispatchers.’
    • ‘Toronto Police report that as much as 21% of its call volume is produced through hang-ups or pocket dials.’
    • ‘So far, one caller has made 136 pocket dials to Milwaukee 911.’
    • ‘He might regret the pocket dial, but he won't regret this.’
    • ‘She says call centers get about 200 pocket dials per day, and obviously each one has to be followed up on, which pushes up the costs of 911.’
    • ‘We've all done it before: That embarrassing pocket dial, where the person on the other end picks up and can hear everything we're saying without us knowing.’
    • ‘Play button functions like a one-button remote on a smartphone, and can trigger the occasional pocket dial.’
    • ‘There is no way for dispatchers to recognize a pocket dial without further investigation.’