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phone in

To fulfill a responsibility with a minimum effort rather than the appropriate level of effort.
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But here was someone who could have been paid regally for just phoning it in for another year or two willing instead to throw that all away

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'phone in':

phone inTo deliver a message by telephone when etiquette demands the effort and respect conveyed by communication in person.
phone inTo make a telephone call to a broadcasting station, especially to participate in a program being aired.
phone inTo make an unseemly, timid performance; to be restrained and timid when bold action is called for.
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