I use "receive a phone call from someone", but always have thought other simple phrases instead of that. What is it ?

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    You could use something like 'got a call from someone'. Commented Jan 13, 2020 at 3:23

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Saying "receive a phone call from someone" is a bit wordy, although the most formal and correct.

Using the verb call is common to contextually refer to calling on the phone in less formal settings.

Someone called.

They called earlier.

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    Yes it’s wordy, but it is the common format in a formal context. Your alternatives work well in less formal contexts. A press conference with your Mr Trump: “I received a phone call today from President Putin.” Him earlier on Twitter: “President Putin called me today.” Commented Jan 13, 2020 at 4:46

The following may be useful. Also 'take' 'If he rings I will take his call' 'I took a phone call from' A secretary may ask 'can you take a call from'

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