I came across the phrase 'to come over one's hoot' several times while watching a British TV series and I can't get the meaning of it from any definition of 'hoot'.

The context was like this:

A and B are talking on the line in their workplace and when B doesn't follow A's instruction, A gets agitated and says this line: "B, I'm going to come over your hoot and broadcast this(=B's serious mistake)."

As they're talking on the phone and work in the same building, I presume this might mean that A is going to come over to B's desk but I'm not very sure.

I also wonder how any meaning related to this scene could come from the word 'hoot', for all I could find out about its definition as a noun were a. a shout, outcry b. honking sound c. laugh or a cause of laughter d. a cry of an owl.

So could you help me find out the meaning of the phrase (or idiom) to come over one's hoot and explain how come it has such meaning?

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    "a British TV series" which one? don't make us guess. Is it possible that you (or the person who wrote the transcript) misheard "hood" (a deliberate Americanism, and a shortening of neighbourhood)
    – James K
    Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 17:05
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    Googling the two separate strings "I'm going to come over your" "and broadcast this" shows it's from the "shooting script" for a British-American television drama series called "Industry". I don't recognise hoot as BrE slang, unless it's "eye dialect" for hut in a Midlands/Northern accent, so maybe James is right. Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 17:57
  • ...actually, I've just dowloaded the pdf of that script and searched for "hoot". It already occurred earlier in WHAM! Phones ring. Theo’s voice can be heard on the hoot, announcing the result, and twice more after the cited instance as Duncan patches into her hoot. His voice broadcasts through her intercom and lastly as Daria and Eric look at her due to Duncan’s voice on her hoot. Perhaps it just means (telephone) loudspeaker, I dunno. Probably shortened from hooter, whatever the referent. Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 18:04
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    I’m voting to close this question on the grounds that if the OP was really paying attention to the source, he'd have asked what it meant when the word "hoot" was first used (earlier in the text). Commented Jul 24, 2021 at 18:08
  • Thanks for all your comments! First of all, my apologies for making you guessing by not mentioning the title of the series! I thought some might not want to see any spoiler and because this is English Language Learners forum, that information might not be relevant to what I was asking as long as I described the context. Commented Jul 25, 2021 at 2:10

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I'm British, and I believe I have an ear for UK regional dialects, and I had never heard 'hoot' used in this way. I was ready to declare this, and be done, but a little imp said 'Google hoot speaker phone bank'. Industry is a TV show set in the finance sector. Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, the show's writers, were a bank analyst and an equity salesman respectively before they left to write for TV. Finance sector companies, banks, etc use systems informally called 'Hoot-n-Holler' or 'the hoot'. They are speaker phone devices where someone can press a button and speak, and be heard at once by colleagues similarly equipped.

let me tell you about the “hoot-n-holler”. More commonly called “the hoot”, this speaker system allows me to speak into a microphone at my desk in New York and have my voice amplified for all to hear across the entire company, not only on the other floors of the New York offices but also in London, in Tokyo, in São Paulo… The hoot gets used for broadly-applicable announcements, like when there is a major headline and one of the economists comes on to provide analysis and commentary. It also gets used to execute trades (usually big ones) or to call out to a trader who has gone unresponsive to pick up her phone. But one of the really cool things about this system of mass, live, voice dialogue is that it also creates community. On Fridays, a game would be played over the hoot, a sort of lottery in which much of the New York office would enter his or her ID card into a pool along with some amount of cash. ID cards would be pulled and called out over the hoot one by one until there was only one remaining… and that lucky winner would take home the entire pot of “weekend money.”

The Hoot-n-Holler

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