Perform an act in a perfunctory, uncommitted fashion, as if it didn't matter.
She sang the National Anthem, but she was just phoning it in as far as I could tell.
von octopod 8. November 2003
Literal - To present something, whether an idea, project, product, etc. by way of a phone call, rather than in person.

Used to describe a lazy or uninspired attempt.

Minimal effort.
Kate: "God what an ass."
Bill: "No kidding, I can't believe what Joe's saying!"
Steve: "n00b!!!1!"
Bill: "Way to 'phone it in' Steve..."
von FlowersInMidgar 28. Oktober 2006

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