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An object for recording messages to the person you call when they are not home.
My wife and I can't come to the phone right now, but if you'll leave your name and number, we'll get back to you as soon as we're finished.
by Rederickfay October 26, 2004
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An electronic device which is designed to automatically answer your phone calls. People who are too cheap to get voice mail usually have an answering machine.
I got rid of my answering machine and got voice mail instead.
by Qbert August 22, 2003
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