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English definition of “phone in sth”

phone in sth

informal often disapproving phrasal verb with phone     /fəʊn/ US  /foʊn/ verb [I or T]
If someone phones in a performance , they do it without any effort : The actor phoned in his performance without a hint of personality .Laziness and lazy peopleAvoiding action
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