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    Any Idiom/Slang Term for Answering The Phone Quickly

    Hello Everyone,

    In my mother-tongue, there's a term when someone answers his/her phone call on the very first ring and it'd be something like this if translated literally into plain English: sleeping/sitting on the phone!

    [Friend #1 answering the phone on the first ring]
    Friend #1: Hello!
    Friend #2: Hey! Are you sleeping/sitting on your phone?! [laughing]
    [Blah Blah Blah]

    I'm just wondering if there's any equivalent for the term in English.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Any Idiom/Slang Term for Answering The Phone Quickly

    I've certainly used "Wow! Were you sitting on top of the phone?" However, I only say that if I'm calling someone's landline (the phone in their house) because usually it takes people a few rings to get to the phone. I wouldn't say it if I were ringing their mobile. Most people answer their mobile much faster because quite frequently it's in their hand or a handy pocket when it rings.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Any Idiom/Slang Term for Answering The Phone Quickly

    Try:
    You must be glued to the phone!

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    Re: Any Idiom/Slang Term for Answering The Phone Quickly

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Most people answer their mobile much faster because quite frequently it's in their hand or a handy pocket when it rings.
    I wish!

    I keep my landline solely so that I can use it to call my mobile phone and locate it when I am at home. When I am out, it's usually in the last pocket I go to (that is, on the rare occasions I have remembered to take it with me).

    The main reason I cannot think of a suitable expression for answering the phone quickly is that nobody has ever used such an expression to me. I can give you some variations on 'What the *** took you so long?' if you are interested.

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