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intr.v. phreaked, phreak·ing, phreaks Slang
To manipulate a telephone system illicitly to allow one to make calls without paying for them.

[Alteration of freak (influenced by phone).]

phreak′er n.
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(Telecommunications) the act of gaining unauthorized access to telecommunication systems, esp to obtain free calls
[C20: blend of freaking + phone]
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(The book's foreword is written by another former phone phreak whose life took a decidedly different course: Steve Wozniak, the co- founder of Apple) 'Tailgating' employees
A recent hoax involves a 17-year-old east Boston phone phreak known as Li'l Hacker to other phone swatters.
This text file, an extraordinarily turgid description of the bureaucratic management structure of BellSouth's 911 system, had been purloined as a trophy from a BellSouth computer by three Atlanta hackers and was widely circulated in the phone phreak community, mostly for purposes of ridicule, for some time before Neidorf "officially" published it.
Haflinger turns out to be the ultimate phone phreak: he discovers the immorality of his governmental employers and escapes into society, relying on virtuoso computer skills (and a stolen transcendental access code) to rewrite his identity at will.
(16) Chris Baraniuk, Whatever Happened to the Phone Phreaks?, The Atlantic (Feb.