payphone

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pay +‎ phone.

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payphone (plural payphones)

  1. A public telephone that requires prepayment to operate, generally via the insertion of coins or a credit card.
    I only had ten cents in my pocket, so I couldn't use the payphone to call a cab.
    • 2020, “Kyoto”, in Punisher, performed by Phoebe Bridgers:
      You called me from a payphone / They still got payphones / It costs a dollar a minute / To tell me you're getting sober

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