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beck and call

A phrase indicating one's compliance or obedience. Most often used in the phrase "at (someone's) beck and call." Do you really think I'll do anything you say? I'm not at your beck and call! A: "How can we get to the mall this weekend?" B: "Oh, my sister will take us—she's been at my beck and call ever since I caught her sneaking in past curfew!"
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at someone's beck and call

ready to obey someone. What makes you think I wait around here at your beck and call? I have to leave for work, you know! It was a fine hotel. There were dozens of maids and waiters at our beck and call.
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at somebody's beck and call

ready to do whatever someone asks Imagine what it's like to have a cook and a maid at your beck and call.
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be at somebody's beck and call

to be always willing and able to do what someone asks you to do She had a dozen servants at her beck and call. TV companies should not be at the beck and call of government ministers.
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at someone's beck and call

Required to comply with someone's requests or commands, as in The boss expects the entire staff to be at his beck and call. The noun beck, now obsolete except in this idiom, meant "a gesture or signal of command, such as a nod or hand movement," whereas call signifies "a vocal summons." Also see dance attendance on.
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at (someone's) beck and call

Ready to comply with any wish or command.
See also: and, beck, call
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I've had to spend more and more time behind the desk," says Beck.
The four becks are Marton West Beck, Middle Beck, which runs through Pallister Park, Ormesby Beck and Spencer Beck, which runs through Thorntree.
For Bob and Cathy Beck, the small community of Orenco, Oregon, seemed the perfect place to retire.
Public sculpture of this quality is a celebration of how important the becks are for wildlife and for the local people.
Nathan Brown, Declan Winward and Jordan Winward on a new high-tech trail which has been set up by the Boro Becks Project to help people to find out more about their local beck
Becks Ranger Barry Jobson said: "The becks are great places to visit.
The four becks are Marton West Beck, Ormesby Beck, Middle Beck and Spencer Beck.
Volunteers are wanted to help with works on Middlesbrough's becks Credit: Dan van den Toorn
The team is also calling on the public to let them know of any litter hot-spots as they tackle Marton West, Ormesby, Middle and Spencer becks.
It is five miles and follows Middle Beck as far as Ladgate Lane and across to Ormesby Beck.
The team will work on a wide range of initiatives to help improve the environment of the becks and encourage more people to use the becks as enjoyable natural spaces.
The Boro Becks Team, made up of Christine Corbett, Barry Jobson and Sammy Brown, has been formed to work on a range of initiatives to help improve the environment of the becks and encourage more people to use them as enjoyable natural spaces.
Anyone who lives, walks or cycles around the becks in Middlesbrough, will have noticed the contrast between the beautiful natural environment and an area that has become somewhat troubled with litter, illegally dumped waste and some anti-social behaviour.
BIRDWATCHERS and wildlife lovers interested in Middlesbrough's many becks are invited to share memories of the waterways to assist a clean-up campaign.
The Three Becks project has been working closely with the Environment Agency and Middlesbrough Council to deliver some practical improvements, which will make Ormesby Beck better for people and wildlife.