A social phenomena occurring when a group of two or more people, who should be socializing, are all on their phones resulting in a momentary or prolonged silence.
I should be talking to my girlfriend over dinner, but instead she is instagramming on her iphone and i am defining "phoning" on urbandictionary.com. What a date. #phoning #2016

When the conversation slowed to a lull, we started phoning and pretended like we didn't know each other.

When I looked up from sending a text I realized all 7 of us were phoning and no one was talking.

"Look at that couple phoning over there. I wonder if they are sexting each other."
by machinegroup February 19, 2016
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Using the numbers on phones to decode curse words

Ex: 286 = cum
I'm gonna 2-8-6 all over your face! That's right, I'm gonna 2-8-6 all over your face!
by Mister D October 18, 2004
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Hey baby hey, you cool with phoning later? If not I'll prob just call your friend Becky.
by Detective Kernel August 14, 2011
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What happens when you're stapling something and the staple doesn't completely penetrate to the other side of the document, resulting in a staple that has ends bent looking like a wired phone.
Loretta, could I get a better stapler please? This one keeps phoning on me!
by pentozali May 23, 2007
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A piece of glass stuck to plastic that takes up time and dies everyday but comes back to life after being plugged into an outlet.
This fucking phone is coming back to life!!!
by AZZ-HOLEZ December 7, 2016
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Perform an act in a perfunctory, uncommitted fashion, as if it didn't matter.
She sang the National Anthem, but she was just phoning it in as far as I could tell.
by octopod November 8, 2003
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Being generally lazy with a task. Doing it half-assed instead of with your full ass.
Guy 1: Did you watch the last season of the O.C.?
Guy 2: It sucked.
Guy 1: Yeah, they really phoned it in on that one. They just kept killing people off and making up new characters.

Man 1: I phoned it in on work on friday. I basically did nothing all day but eat a sandwich.
by JDtheReviewer December 14, 2007
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