tickey-box, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more tickey sense 1 a + English box; probably by synecdoche (see quotation 1963), named for the box, attached to the public telephone, in which coins were deposited. See also quotation 1993.
colloquial
A public telephone.
[1963 L.F. Freed Crime in S. Afr. 150On the Witwatersrand, the raiding of tickey boxes in telephone booths..costs the Post Office more than £5 500 a year.]
1976 E. Prov. Herald 8 June 3Miss Renee S—..was apparently allowed to fix the telephones. ‘I just go off in my bakkie on my own looking for all those tickey boxes you can’t find.’
1985 P. Slabolepszy Sat. Night at Palace 11Forsie:..(Spotting the public phone) Come on — there’s a tickey box. Go phone.
1988 Daily Dispatch 5 Aug. 4The name [tickey] lives on of course. It used to be the price of a telephone call and a public telephone is still called a tickey box.
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 34I’ll run down to the tickey box and phone Dr Van Coller.
1991 L. Howard Informant, Port ElizabethThe phone inside rang and when one of the ladies answered it, she called my friend, telling him to hurry as the call was from someone in a tickey box.
1992 J. Thom Informant, SpringsI have never heard the term tickey-phone, it was always tickey-box.
1993 H. Tyson Editors under Fire 9The man-on-the-run hung on to the end of a telephone in a public booth — known in South Africa in those days as ‘a tickey box’ because it accepted only the tiny silver threepenny coin of that name and because public booths sometimes felt that tiny.
1994 M-Net TV 15 Apr. (Egoli)Are tickey-boxes hard to come by in deepest darkest Africa?
A public telephone.

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