Meaning of ring off the hook in English:

ring off the hook


North American
  • (of a telephone) be constantly ringing due to a large number of incoming calls.

    ‘once the word was out that we had tickets, the phone was ringing off the hook’
    • ‘The stupid phone was constantly ringing off the hook and he was tired of it.’
    • ‘Additionally, it prevents the camp office from being disrupted because of phones ringing off the hook and from having to call each family contact individually.’
    • ‘Friday happens, your phone is ringing off the hook.’
    • ‘Well, you know, as soon as I didn't know the answer, the phone in my mom's house behind me started ringing off the hook.’
    • ‘When I was a guest on a national NPR show, the phone rang off the hook for an hour and the station got more than 100 e-mails about motherhood and family issues.’
    • ‘My phone rings off the hook with teams wanting the opportunity to participate in a meet with such high quality athletes.’
    • ‘The phone rings off the hook but Chief does not flinch.’
    • ‘I can't say the phone's ringing off the hook about tree issues on private property.’
    • ‘Not to mention, my phone has been ringing off the hook with people asking if they can come visit me, and have an autograph!’
    • ‘The phone is ringing off the hook with reservations for Shag paintings.’