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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CORONATION STREET ITV, 7.30pm and 8.30pm YOUR blood will run cold for Eileen tonight as the crank calls continue.
CORONATION STREET ITV, 7.30pm - 8.30pm YOUR blood will run cold for Eileen tonight as the crank calls continue.
CORONATION STREET ITV, 7.30pm YOUR blood will run cold for Eileen tonight as the crank calls continue.
Officials said on Wednesday that the Sindh police had requested the authorities concerned to give the force access to the information of callers who made crank calls to its helpline 15.
APRIL FOOLS' DAY didn't bring any crank calls but it did deliver a few damning assessments of Graeme Murty's future.
We'd stagger home in middlenight with my roommate Bob and make drunken crank calls to the massage parlors of D.C.
At the same time, the head of the Egyptian Ambulance Organization recently stated that 95 percent of the calls it receives are crank calls. Egyptians tend to think of their work as a task that needs to be accomplished; they are not bothered with the issues of "how, when and why" the work is being done.
Even basic caller ID could catch a lot of crank calls so there must be some idiots answering the phones.
It may have been a quiet weekend for Newcastle's FA Cup flops but De Boer had to endure some unsavoury text messages and phone calls from Feyenoord fans after his mobile number was distributed in Holland resulting 1,200 crank calls and messages.
He said that decision was fully supported by parents of students, but the school did receive some "crank calls from complete strangers'' upset about it.
According to the data, apart from crank calls and those in which the caller remained silent, 2 per cent of the calls were from the transgender community, 43 per cent of the calls were from girls and 46 per cent boys.
The controversial Christchurch politician posted a woman's number on his Facebook page, telling his followers that the woman deserves to receive abusive messages and crank calls.
We made a lot of crank calls to 1-800 numbers, offering comments and suggestions to customer-service reps from major corporations.
Moreover, a negative usage of mobile phones is that crank calls and SMSs written in bad taste become a headache especially in case of females receiving them.