Answering machine



an electronic device that is attached to a telephone and that automatically answers callers with a prerecorded message and records their messages for later playback.
Contemporary Examples

Their tryst, however, is broken up several times by messages playing from the answering machine and never comes to fruition.
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But soon the lonely Chip begins stalking him, leaving tons of messages on his answering machine.
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Hawke considers it sort of like listening to your own voice on the answering machine—for two hours straight.
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They pass the buck, they tell you to call this person, and you are lucky if you can even get an answering machine.
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noun
a device by means of which a telephone call is answered automatically and the caller enabled to leave a recorded message In full telephone answering machine Also called answerphone

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