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    To pay-in value down the telephone line

    Please explain the meaning of "To pay-in value down the telephone line". Does it mean to pay in cash or using the telephone line. Thanks

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    Re: To pay-in value down the telephone line

    I'm not convinced, but I think it may mean 'make a payment by means of a debit to your phone account'. This is often done to a mobile (cell) phone's account, but can also be done to a fixed line.

    This is a case where language has to be adapted to respond to a new sort of technology. In my book, you can't 'pay' or 'pay in' value, but if that's the way a phone company chooses to express it, I'd better learn pretty fast.

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    Re: To pay-in value down the telephone line

    Thank you. Please clarify whether "down the telephone line" has the meaning of payment through the line or whether "down" is the part of the verb phrase of "to pay-in value down" meaning yto pay in cash. Many thanks

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    Re: To pay-in value down the telephone line

    It's a clumsy phrase. There's no reason for the hyphen in the verb- we normally use hyphens for phrasal verbs used as nouns. 'Down' refers to the telephone line I think, but it is not a natural sentence for me.

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