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ring off the hook

Of a telephone, to be ringing constantly or very frequently. The image is of the phone ringing so frequently that it falls off the cradle or wall attachment. 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.
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ring off the hook

Fig. [for a telephone] to ring incessantly and repeatedly. What a busy day! The telephone has been ringing off the hook all day long. The telephone has been ringing off the hook ever since the ad appeared in the paper.
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ring off the hook

(of a telephone) be constantly ringing due to a large number of incoming calls. North American
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ˌring off the ˈhook

(American English) (of a telephone) ring many times: The phone has been ringing off the hook with offers of help.
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ring off the hook

in. [for a telephone] to ring endlessly or constantly. The phone was ringing off the hook when I came in.
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Yesterday, organiser David McCutcheon, of Bullet Express Logistics in Lanarkshire, said: "'My phone has been ringing off the hook with hauliers wanting to take part.
At that time, Bostian said, ``We'll have a line out the door, the phones are ringing off the hook, the faxes are piling up.
Phones have been ringing off the hook with complaints since the Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, hit the streets.
Within minutes of emailing our clients the phones were ringing off the hook.
In the last week my phone has been ringing off the hook with unauthorized political ads for the mayoral race.
Phones were ringing off the hook before the much-anticipated eatery even opened its doors last week, said Mark Damico, managing partner for the Woodland Hills location.
Michigan-based Destiny Aircraft Corporation, which sells the Executive-chute for about pounds 400, said: "The phones have been ringing off the hook since September 11.
Destiny Aircraft, of Michigan, which sells pounds 400 chutes, said: "The phones have been ringing off the hook.