"COLLOCATIONS answer the phone
come to the phone
the phone rings
the phone goes dead (=you can no longer hear the person you were speaking to on the telephone) phone conversation
by phone/over the phone (=using the telephone)
on the phone (=speaking on the telephone)
off the phone (=no longer using the telephone)
phone especially American English"
Louise got up to answer the phone.
She's too busy to come to the phone right now. Can you call back later?
What's your phone number?
The phone rang. It was Pam.
Before he could answer, the phone went dead.
a secret tape of Diana's phone conversations
Much of his work is done by phone.
Who was that on the phone?
I wish Amy would get off the phone.
the part of a telephone into which you speak [= receiver]: (=after she had finished her conversation) (=before I had finished speaking)
She picked up the phone and dialled.