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'... having phoned through his name and whereabouts' means he passed on the information by telephone to his boss/supervisor..

It's not clear whether he passed on his own name or that of his quarry.
 

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The phrase includes a phrasal verb "to phone through". (It's clear that the narrator is using this as a phrasal verb but I don't think I've ever seen it before.) Before the time being narrated, the reformed street kid had told someone the name and location of the person he's watching; he phoned the information through to the other person.
 

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The phrase includes a phrasal verb "to phone through". (It's clear that the narrator is using this as a phrasal verb but I don't think I've ever seen it before.) Before the time being narrated, the reformed street kid had told someone the name and location of the person he's watching; he phoned the information through to the other person.

Whereabouts=somebody's current location?
Reformed=formerly?

I am stumped with "reformed". It made me think it means "formerly" and it's clear that it derives from a historical-religional term and the movement with the same name, the Reform.

Which of the definitions in the link fit with "reformed street kid."?

https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=reformed

Thank you.
 

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Whereabouts=somebody's current location?:tick:
Reformed=formerly?

I am stumped with "reformed". It made me think it means "formerly" and it's clear that it derives from a historical-religional term and the movement with the same name, the Reform.

Which of the definitions in the link fit with "reformed street kid."?

https://www.ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=reformed

Definition 2 fits: "Improved in conduct or character."
 

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"To phone through" is pretty common in BrE.

Can you phone through my pizza order please? Tell them I'll pick it up at 7.
I phoned through a prescription request to my doctor's surgery.
If you phone your details through to the office this afternoon, they'll add you to the list of participants.
 

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"To phone through" is pretty common in BrE.

Can you phone through my pizza order please? Tell them I'll pick it up at 7.
I phoned through a prescription request to my doctor's surgery.
If you phone your details through to the office this afternoon, they'll add you to the list of participants.

What would have been different if you hadn't used "through" in the above examples?

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Can you phone through my pizza order please? Tell them I'll pick it up at 7.
I phoned through a prescription request to my doctor's surgery.
If you phone your details through to the office this afternoon, they'll add you to the list of participants.

What would have been different if you hadn't used "through" in the above examples?

You'd have incomprehensible sentences like Can you phone my pizza order? ("Can you place a telephone call to my pizza order?").
 
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