ring off the hook

ring off the hook
in. [for a telephone] to ring endlessly or constantly.
The phone was ringing off the hook when I came in.
We’ve been busy today. The phone’s been ringing off the hook.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • ring off the hook — US ► COMMUNICATIONS if a phone is ringing off the hook, it rings a lot of times: »His phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from people who want him to do work for them. Main Entry: ↑ring …   Financial and business terms

  • ring off the hook — phrasal : to ring frequently or constantly with incoming calls the phone rang off the hook for 20 hours a day Milt Pappas * * * (of a telephone) be constantly ringing due to a large number of incoming calls * * * ring off the hook see ↑ring, 3 •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring off the hook — verb Of a telephone, to ring constantly or excessively. I placed the advertisement yesterday, and the phone has been ringing off the hook ever since …   Wiktionary

  • ring off the hook — American, informal if your telephone rings off the hook, it rings a lot. The box office phones were ringing off the hook all day …   New idioms dictionary

  • ring off the hook — phrasal to ring frequently or constantly with incoming calls < the telephone was ringing off the hook > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ring off the hook — receive many phone calls    We put an ad in the paper. Now the phone s ringing off the hook! …   English idioms

  • off the hook — adjective freed from danger or blame or obligation I let him off the hook with a mild reprimand • Similar to: ↑safe * * * 1) informal no longer in difficulty or trouble I lied to get him off the hook 2) (of a telephone receiver) not on its rest,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • be off the hook — 1. if a telephone is off the hook, the part that you speak into is not lying in the part that holds it so the telephone will not ring. He left the telephone off the hook because he didn t want to be disturbed. 2. get/let (someone) off the hook to …   New idioms dictionary

  • ring — A designated area on the exchange floor where traders and brokers stand while executing trades. Instead of rings, some exchanges use pits. The CENTER ONLINE Futures Glossary The term used to describe the area on the trading floor of the LME in… …   Financial and business terms

  • hook — [[t]h ʊk[/t]] ♦♦♦ hooks, hooking, hooked 1) N COUNT A hook is a bent piece of metal or plastic that is used for catching or holding things, or for hanging things up. One of his jackets hung from a hook. ...curtain hooks... He felt a fish pull at… …   English dictionary

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