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telephone book

a book, directory, or the like, usually containing an alphabetical list of telephone subscribers in a city or other area, together with their addresses and telephone numbers.
Also called telephone directory.
Origin of telephone book
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She rapidly turned over the foul and torn pages of the telephone-book with her thumb.

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • She took the telephone-book, found and memorised the address and turned to Harris.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Then she went to the telephone-book and searched for the number of Gilder's house.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • It was with a sense of relief that Don found the name of Barton & Saltonstall still in the telephone-book.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • A telephone-book soon betrayed the Bundist's shop, and David hurried off to enlist him.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • What with the telephone-book and the city directory, I guess we can find our way home with Little Billee.

    A Little Book of Christmas John Kendrick Bangs
  • Almost against his will he looked up "Police Stations" in the telephone-book.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • I went down stairs and told one of the bell-boys to look up the address in the telephone-book.

  • I had not seen her since long before the war, and I had to look out her address in the telephone-book.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • Accordingly I wasted no further time, but turned on the hall light and took up the telephone-book.

    The Lost Valley J. M. Walsh

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