ring off the hook

ring off the hook

Of a telephone, to be ringing constantly or very frequently. Gosh, I'm exhausted; the phone was ringing off the hook all day at work! As soon as we announced the 2-for-1 deal, our phones have been ringing off the hook.
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ring off the hook

Fig. [for a telephone] to ring incessantly and repeatedly. What a busy day! The telephone has been ringing off the hook all day long. The telephone has been ringing off the hook ever since the ad appeared in the paper.
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ring off the hook

(of a telephone) be constantly ringing due to a large number of incoming calls. North American
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ˌring off the ˈhook

(American English) (of a telephone) ring many times: The phone has been ringing off the hook with offers of help.
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ring off the hook

in. [for a telephone] to ring endlessly or constantly. The phone was ringing off the hook when I came in.
See also: hook, off, ring
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I thought that by doing research, opening an office and informing people, the phone would ring off the hook," says Leffall.
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Individual behavior answers the phone promptly or lets it ring off the hook.
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