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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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.
Mr McGlade doesn't believe it was a crank call and has reported the threats to police.
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.
Simi Valley police dispatcher Lynn Freeman was about to hang up on what she thought was a crank call to the 911 emergency line when she heard the slightest of sounds.
Parent council chairman Mark Cooke, 39, said: "We don't know if it was a one-off crank call or whether it was made by someone with a grudge.
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.
This did not appear to be a crank call and the information was felt credible enough to warrant the couple being informed immediately.
After questioning the children, Bergman said a police officer apologized for the incident, saying he believed police had received a crank call from one of the daughter's friends.
He is famous for his crank call windups, including waking up former US president Bll Clinton.
It didn't appear to be a crank call and the information was felt credible enough to warrant the couple being informed immediately.
A police source said: "This did not appear to be a crank call.
The elderly operator took a crank call from a man who bellowed down the line: "I want to bonk you, I want to bonk you.
All the players' rooms were searched but obviously it turned out to be a crank call," Fergie added.
WHEN Ryan's (Chris Evans, from The Perfect Score) mobile goes off and a woman (Kim Basinger) on the other end claims she has been kidnapped, he's ready to dismiss it as a crank call.