What number are you calling?

What number are you calling?

What telephone number are you trying to reach? (Used especially when one suspects that a caller has made a mistake.) A: "Hi, may I speak to Jordan, please?" B: "There's no Jordan here. What number are you calling?" A: "555-5757?" B: "Ah, there's the problem. This is 555-5775." What number are you calling to get through to their customer support team? You want to be sure to call the one that starts with 1-800.
See also: number, what
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What number are you calling?

an expression used when one suspects that a telephone caller may have gotten the wrong number. Bob (on the telephone): Hello? Mary: Hello, is Sally there? Bob: Uh, what number are you calling? Mary: I guess I have the wrong number. Sorry. Bob: No problem. Good-bye. When the receptionist asked, "What number are you calling?" I realized I had made a mistake.
See also: number, what
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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