be ringing off the hook

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be ringing 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! Ever since we announced the 2-for-1 deal, our phones have been ringing off the hook.
See also: hook, off, ring

be ringing off the hook

mainly AMERICAN
If your telephone is ringing off the hook, so many people are trying to call you that it is ringing all the time. His phone started ringing off the hook as banks and financial institutions begged for his help.
See also: hook, off, ring
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and Becher+Carlson Insurance Services Inc., members of the Munich-American Global Services Group, said his phone has been ringing off the hook lately.
"The phone's been ringing off the hook. Everybody's afraid that the power's going to go down when the millennium clock turns." As far as he can see, however, there is no reason for concern.