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    “Complicated it definitely is. It’s like trying to carry on a phone conversation when the wires are crossed. Absolutely,” Komatsu said, frowning.
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    Does it mean 'when you are wrongly connected by telephone to someone you don't know'?

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    Default Re: when the wires are crossed

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    “Complicated it definitely is. It’s like trying to carry on a phone conversation when the wires are crossed. Absolutely,” Komatsu said, frowning.
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    Does it mean 'when you are wrongly connected by telephone to someone you don't know'?

    Thanks.
    Many years ago, we used to get a "crossed line". When you picked up your phone to make a call, sometimes you would discover that you could hear two people having a conversation. You had no idea who either of those people were. Usually, hanging up the phone and then picking it up again a couple of minutes later cleared the problem. I don't think it happens any more with the digital signals.

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