phone it in

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phone in

1. To connect (to some place) by phone. A number of our listeners have been phoning in to tell us their opinions on this matter. Ted couldn't be here in person for the meeting, but he's going to phone in from Chicago.
2. To relay or transmit information (to someone or some place) with or as with a phone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "phone" and "in." Make sure you phone in the incident immediately, or we could be held legally liable for it. If you have a news tip for us to broadcast on the air, don't hesitate to phone it in!
3. To perform a role or duty in a halfhearted, disinterested, and unprofessional manner. In this usage, noun or pronoun can be used between "phone" and "in," especially "it." Everyone phones it in on the morning after a staff party, so don't worry if you don't feel able to give this report your all. You can tell the actor is phoning it in—I'm sure he got a good paycheck for the voiceover, but you'd think he would try a little bit harder.
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phone it in

To perform a role or duty in a halfhearted, disinterested, and unprofessional manner. Everyone phones it in on the morning after a staff party, so don't worry if you don't feel able to give this report your all. You can tell the actor is phoning it in—I'm sure he got a good paycheck for the voiceover, but you'd think he could try a little bit harder.
See also: phone
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phone it in

To do something in a perfunctory way or with little interest: One of the actors in the play was just phoning it in.
See also: phone
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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