A CDE Definition
A portable telephone used by telephone repair people that connects to a telephone line with two alligator clips. Used to make or monitor calls, the clips can pierce the insulation of the wires if necessary; however, the clips are typically attached to bare wires, punch blocks or wiring terminals. Also commonly called a "butt set" for two reasons: the lineman can "butt in" on a conversation, and it often clips to a belt and hangs over the person's rear end. See lineman.
The Butt Set
An individual who repairs transmission lines, including telephones, cable TV and electric lines. Typically outdoor work, the lineman's job started in the mid-1800s with the telegraph. In the U.K., the term is "linesman." See lineman's handset.
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