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.
A public telephone.
[1963L.F. FreedCrime in S. Afr. 150On the Witwatersrand, the raiding of tickey boxes in telephone booths..costs the Post Office more than £5 500 a year.]
1991L. HowardInformant, 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.
1992J. ThomInformant, SpringsI have never heard the term tickey-phone, it was always tickey-box.
1993H. TysonEditors 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?
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