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speaking tube

a tube for conveying the voice over a somewhat limited distance, as from one part of a building or ship to another.
Origin of speaking tube
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "Now, you shall see her fly," said Arnold, taking a speaking-tube from the wall and whistling thrice into it.

    The Angel of the Revolution George Griffith
  • "Let her out, Moses," I called to the engineer through the speaking-tube.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • Just then word came up the speaking-tube that the water was gaining so fast that all hands were about to leave the mine.

    Derrick Sterling Kirk Monroe
  • And then, picking up the speaking-tube, I told the wretched man at the wheel.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • Harborne took up the speaking-tube as the cab, in turn, rounded into Great Smith Street.

  • He called through the speaking-tube, and directed the chauffeur to turn.

    The Lion's Mouse C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • At last a clerk slid off his stool by the speaking-tube and approached them.

    Max Carrados Ernest Bramah
  • "I've been looking him up," growled Jamison through the speaking-tube.

  • In the night a call was announced to him through a speaking-tube reaching to his bedside.

  • Tranter spoke some instructions through the speaking-tube to the chauffeur.

    The Crooked House Brandon Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for speaking-tube

speaking tube

a tube or pipe for conveying a person's voice from one room, area, or building to another
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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