talk to Ralph on the big white telephone
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British pronunciation/tˈɔːk tə ɹˈalf ɒnðə bˈɪɡ wˈaɪt tˈɛlɪfˌəʊn ɔː fˈəʊn/
American pronunciation/tˈɔːk tə ɹˈælf ɑːnðə bˈɪɡ wˈaɪt tˈɛlɪfˌoʊn ɔːɹ fˈoʊn/
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to vomit a lot and in length

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to [talk] to Ralph on the big white (telephone|phone) definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "talk to ralph on the big white telephone" and when to use it?

The exact origin of the phrase is uncertain, but it likely developed as a funny and imaginative euphemism for the unpleasant experience of vomiting into a toilet. It is used informally and humorously to refer to the act of vomiting. It implies the imagery of someone metaphorically having a conversation with a person named Ralph while leaning over a toilet, which is often white.

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