switchboard operator

/ˈswɪtʃbɔd ɒpəreɪtə/ (say 'swichbawd opuhraytuh)

noun
a person employed to operate a switchboard, taking incoming calls and redirecting them to the required person.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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