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person-to-person

[pur-suh n-tuh-pur-suh n] /ˈpɜr sən təˈpɜr sən/
adjective
1.
(of a long-distance telephone call) chargeable only upon speaking with a specified person at the number called:
a person-to-person call to her brother in California.
2.
involving personal or intimate contact between persons:
person-to-person diplomacy; a disease contracted through person-to-person contacts.
adverb
3.
(in making a long-distance telephone call) to a specified person:
I telephoned him person-to-person.
4.
face-to-face; in person:
They interviewed her person-to-person.
Origin of person-to-person
1915-1920
1915-20
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  • Karen showed him the phone and he started to put through a person-to-person call.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
  • He arose and went to the visiphone, placed a person-to-person call to Los Angeles.

    The Psilent Partner John Victor Peterson
  • Under the circumstances, I didn't think a person-to-person call would be advisable.

    The Other Likeness James H. Schmitz

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