Definition of telephone box in English:

telephone box


  • A public booth or enclosure from which telephone calls can be made.

    • ‘The appellant was watched using a public telephone box.’
    • ‘A further two young teenagers have been given formal cautions after they admitted causing criminal damage to vehicles and a public telephone box.’
    • ‘The disappearance of a public telephone box near the Station has left residents angry about a lack of consultation.’
    • ‘A 14-year-old boy was attacked as he tried to make a phone call at a public telephone box.’
    • ‘Shortly after leaving the house he stopped to make a telephone call to Anita from a public telephone box.’
    • ‘There I spot something that resembles a public telephone box, drop a coin and make a call.’
    • ‘‘Mindless ‘may be a suitable word for the vandalising of a telephone box.’’
    • ‘We always felt there should be a telephone at the station so we raised the funds and put the telephone box in ourselves.’
    • ‘A man who took £950 of property from a car was later seen in a telephone box checking to see if any of the credit cards among the stolen haul had been blocked by the banks, a court was told.’
    • ‘It happened at around 9.15 pm on Monday evening when a man, accompanied by two teenagers, walked into the shop, having smashed up a nearby telephone box.’
    • ‘Initial reports suggested a group of up to 20 youths had been loitering by the telephone box before the row between the man and the 15-year-old.’
    • ‘The same goes for mobile phones - you think you're saving valuable time because you don't have to find a telephone box, but all that happens is you end up using it non-stop.’
    • ‘A resident whose house looks on to the telephone box said it was a great shame that the old fashioned red kiosk had been ripped to pieces and said she hoped BT would restore it.’
    • ‘As the staff were walking up the road, a man standing inside a telephone box suddenly jumped out, punched the male employee in the ribs and grabbed the bag of money.’
    • ‘She said: ‘They hang around by the telephone box and they are just up to no good.’’
    • ‘So 30,000 exhibits, including a red telephone box and a dentist's chair, have to find a new home until the work is completed next year.’
    • ‘And after covering him with his coat, the Year Seven pupil raced to the nearest telephone box to call the emergency services.’
    • ‘The newsagent shop has long since closed down, the telephone box has been removed and the local pub looks to have called last orders for good.’
    • ‘The tiny stone cottage and garden comes complete with a waterfall and stone bridge, and even has a red telephone box at the side of the cottage.’
    • ‘The man was discovered at a telephone box, conscious but with head injuries, and was taken to York Hospital by paramedics.’


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