baby bell meaning

  "baby bell" in a sentence
noun (US inf)
  A regional telephone company

[American slang]
n. one of the regional telephone companies that were formerly a part of American Telephone & Telegraph Company.
• The Baby Bells are doing better than the parent company.
• “If the Baby Bells get into long-distance service, say good-bye to Ma Bell,” the hotshot money manager muttered in his third martini.


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  1. The Baby Bells seek the wrong relief in the wrong venue.
  2. A fourth Baby Bell said profit fell because of increased competition.
  3. At first the Baby Bells were barred from offering these services.
  4. Several other Baby Bells are beginning to use the same system.
  5. It's being tested by a number of Baby Bells.

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