switch hook


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switch hook

[′swich ‚hu̇k]
(electricity)
A switch on a telephone set that operates when the receiver is placed on the hook or removed from it.

switch hook

Also called a "hook switch," it is the control mechanism that answers and hangs up a call on a telephone. When you place the handset in the telephone cradle, it depresses the switch hook's button and hangs up (puts the phone "on hook"). See off-hook and flash button.
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But he argues if Henson does not return to rugby, Gatland must at least switch Hook from full-back to inside-centre to be in the thick of the decision-making process.
With hundreds of thousands of calls attempting to get through, Luby had the following tip: "If you pick up your phone and don't hear a dial tone, don't hang up and don't hit the switch hook -- that will make the computerized switch think it has another call and you'll be placed in the back of the line.
Gatland brushed aside any criticism of his decision to switch Hook and Roberts and believes the selection was justified.