With whom do you wish to speak?

With whom do you wish to speak?

A very polite and formal way of asking a caller whom they are trying to contact. The use of such formal and grammatically rigid formations has become uncommon in modern English. A: "Hello, operator? Put me through to Precinct 76." B: "Of course, sir. With whom do you wish to speak?" A: "Commissioner Garnet. Tell her Will Duffy is calling."
See also: whom, wish
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

With whom do you wish to speak?

a polite phrase used by people who answer the telephone to find out whom the caller wants to speak to. (Compare this with Who do you want to talk to?) John answered the telephone and then said, "With whom do you wish to speak?" Tom (answering the phone): Good morning, Acme Air Products. With whom do you wish to speak? Sue: Sorry, I have the wrong number. Tom: That's perfectly all right. Have a nice day.
See also: whom, wish
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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