crank call


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crank call

A phone call that is typically anonymous and done as a joke or prank. The caller's message is usually wacky or makes little sense. Why are we getting so many annoying crank calls all of a sudden?
See also: call, crank
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"It would be wrong for us to vote with our feet on something thatmay be just a crank call.We just don't know.
The brother thought he had been the victim of a crank call and only realised its significance after being told his sister and her children had been found murdered.
Mimicking the want-ad convention of exaggerated abbreviation, he would promote his own work (ANTIQUE, DRAWING DESERT MIX UNDERGROUND STUDIO SESSION IN ORIG FRAME, IN PENCIL, $1200 OR MUSEUM TOUR 310-453-8311) or lampoon elders such as John Baldessari, even going so far as to supply real gallery phone numbers that he would crank call himself, just to make sure his name and business would tie up the lines of the art-world powerful.
People say it is a hoax call or a crank call, but they tend to have a bit of humour to them.
And hours wasted on a crank call could mean the difference between life or death.
"It would be wrong for us to vote with our feet on something which may be just a crank call. We just do not know.
She said: "At first I thought it was a crank call. They left a message on my answer phone and because it didn't seem genuine, I didn't call back.
Terkel is at his funniest when he recounts a phone conversation with an FBI agent, which he mistook for a crank call. In 1934, the author received his law degree from the University of Chicago, but by this time acting, not the law, was his passion.
"That way, if someone rings up again, then we will know that it is a crank call. The person who rang up and made this threat is a lily-livered coward and it was a pathetic stunt.
Radio listeners thought it was a crank call when an amateur clairvoyant contacted a phone-in back in September to predict that Boro would be involved in two Cup finals, win one and be faced with a relegation battle.
Malcolm Harris, who is the Mal Sirrah designer, had thought it was a crank call when Jolie called him last week to order three of his "One Dress" frocks.
I can hardly make out what she is whispering and initially think it is a crank call. Eventually I make out that she was meandering around when she spotted Desperate Housewives star Dougray Scott and the gorgeous Alastair Mackenzie from Monarch Of The Glen.
"This did not appear to be a crank call and the information was felt credible enough to warrant the couple being informed immediately."