switchboard switch‧board [ˈswɪtʆbɔːd ǁ -bɔːrd] noun [countable]
a system used to connect telephone calls in an office building, hotel etc:

• Calls must pass through the switchboard with the minimum delay.

• Contact the switchboard operator to arrange an early morning call.

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switchboard UK US /ˈswɪtʃbɔːd/ noun [C]
COMMUNICATIONS, WORKPLACE a piece of equipment used to direct telephone calls to the right department or person in an organization: jam/man/ring the switchboard »

Viewers jammed the switchboard with complaints.


She worked as a switchboard operator at a hotel.

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