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    Answer to this locked post.

    "phoned in" = Topher did not put in all the effort or attention that he could have. Topher is so distracted by the girl, he is not giving his full attention to anything else.
    If something is important, you deal with it in person. If it does not have your full attention, you "phone in".

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    Re: Answer to this locked post.

    That's all correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Answer to this locked post.

    I think it is more usual to say phoned it in.
    Not a professional teacher

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    Re: Answer to this locked post.

    Topher: I love her, but she is driving me crazy! I can't sleep. I can't work. I quit the show. I totally phoned in that Dennis Quaid movie.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I think it is more usual to say phoned it in.
    It is, but the line works as written.
    I am not a teacher.

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