the blower

n
British
a telephone. A slang term which was common by the 1940s and is still heard. It may originate in 'blow' as an archaic term meaning 'to talk', or from the habit of blowing into an old tele-phone mouthpiece before speaking. Get Nelson on the blower, will you.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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