What is it called when you call someone on the phone over and over again? I'm looking for a slang word or phrase.

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    Do you get a busy signal? Do you hang up when they answer? Do you hang up when the call goes to voicemail? Jan 20 at 1:57
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    It is probably harassment, but that is not specific to phone calls.
    – Peter
    Jan 20 at 2:05
  • Could it be infatuation?
    – DjinTonic
    Jan 20 at 3:26
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    With texts, by extension of e-mail, it's spamming. Oddly, I've never heard of tele-spamming, but I don't know another word for that. On the receiving end, you call them "nuisance calls" or "nuisance callers" (or something more rude).
    – nigel222
    Jan 20 at 11:04
  • Pestering. Or, in my son's case, losing a friend due to OCD. Jan 21 at 0:10

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It's called blowing up their phone:

To call someone repeatedly and/or send someone a lot of text messages. — Farlex Dictionary of Idioms via TFD

See also the expression in The Online Slang Dictionary.


Buggin’. That’s a 90’s slang word for it if you wanted to go with just the one word.

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    As far as I'm aware (and I did live through the 90s, though I was a child), "bugging" is just another term for "bothering," not specifically calling someone over and over on the phone.
    – Casey
    Jan 20 at 6:24
  • This would benefit from a source and an explanation. I associate that with trippin' as far as 90s slang goes, like saying "you're crazy" to mean "not making sense." I encourage you to take the tour of the site and see the help center for how to answer.
    – livresque
    Jan 20 at 21:13

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