Telephone phrases

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  1. 1. hold on
    • means wait 
    • ‘Could you hold on a moment, please?’
  2. 2. hang on
    • also means wait! (informal)- ’
    • ‘Could you hang on a moment, please?
  3. 3. put (a call) through
    • means to connect one caller to another-
    • ‘I’m just going to put you through now.’
  4. 4. get through
    • to be connected to someone on the phone-
    • ‘I can’t get through to his line at the moment, could you call back later please?’
  5. 5. hang up
    • means to put the receiver down-
    • ‘I think the operator hung up on me, the line just went dead!
  6. ’6. call up
    • to make a telephone call (mainly used in American English or slang)- ‘
    • I’ll call up the theatre, and find out about tickets.
  7. call back .
    • to return someone’s call-
    • ‘I’ll ask him to call you back, when he gets home
  8. pick up
    • means to answer a call / lift the receiver to take a call
    • ‘No one is picking up, maybe they’re not at home.’
  9. get off (the phone)
    • means to stop talking on the phone
    • When he gets off the other phone, I’ll pass on your message.
  10. ’10. get back to (someone)
    • means to return someone’s call-
    • ‘When do you think she’ll be able to get back to me?
  11. ’11. cut off
    • to be disconnected abru`ptly during a telephone conversation-
    • ‘I think we got cut off, I can’t hear her anymore.
  12. ’12. switch off/turn off
    • to deactivate (a cell phone/mobile phone)
    • ‘Sorry you couldn’t get through to me. My phone was switched off, because the battery had died.
  13. speak up
    • means to talk louder
    • ‘I’m afraid I can’t hear you very well, could you speak up a little please?
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Telephone phrases
2014-10-19 15:16:52

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