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    Question Off-hook a telephone

    Hi,

    When off-hook a telephone, it means picking up a telephone or hanging up a telephone????

    Please help me to understand the "off-hook".

    Thanks.

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    Re: Off-hook a telephone

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    When off-hook a telephone, it means picking up a telephone or hanging up a telephone????

    Please help me to understand the "off-hook".

    Thanks.
    The phrase "to off-hook a telephone" doesn't exist. You can say that you "leave the telephone off the hook" which means that you remove the receiver from the main body of the telephone which effectively disconnects the line so that no-one can phone you. I think this only works with the old style of telephone (analogue phones).

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    Re: Off-hook a telephone

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The phrase "to off-hook a telephone" doesn't exist. You can say that you "leave the telephone off the hook" which means that you remove the receiver from the main body of the telephone which effectively disconnects the line so that no-one can phone you. I think this only works with the old style of telephone (analogue phones).
    I think your interpretation is wrong,

    I found the definition of "off-hook" from Wikipedia, it means the telephone is in use,

    Off-hook - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    So, the "off-hook" means "Pickup the phone"???

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    Re: Off-hook a telephone

    In none of those definitions is 'off-hook' used as a verb. As ems said, "The phrase "to off-hook a telephone" doesn't exist."

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    Re: Off-hook a telephone

    After rethinking the definition, it is my mistake.

    Thanks emsr2d2 and 5jj.

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