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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!"
See also: and, beck, call

at (one's) beck and call

Completely compliant or obedient to another person; catering to one's every need. The phrase has a negative connotation. 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!"
See also: and, beck, call

be at (one's) beck and call

To be completely compliant or obedient to another person; to cater to one's every need. The phrase has a negative connotation. 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 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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be at someone's beck and call

If someone is at another person's beck and call, they are always ready to do what that person wants them to do, even when it is not reasonable. Your child has to understand that you can't always be at his beck and call for every little thing. He had a host of servants at his beck and call. Note: `Beck' is an old word meaning a gesture, for example a nod or a movement of the hand or forefinger, which represents a command such as `Come here.'
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at someone's beck and call

always having to be ready to obey someone's orders immediately.
Beck in the sense of ‘a significant gesture of command’ comes from the verb beck , a shortened form of beckon . It is now found mainly in this phrase.
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at somebody’s ˌbeck and ˈcall

always ready and required to do exactly what somebody asks: Working in a big store means being at the customers’ beck and call all day.
Beck is a shortened form of the word ‘beckon’ (= give somebody a signal with your finger or hand, especially to tell them to come closer).
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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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The first two projects under the partnership are AMERICA'S MARCH TO SOCIALISM, an audio original read by Beck (May) and GLENN BECK'S COMMON SENSE, which will be published first as an eBook original and then as a trade paperback original, in which Beck channels the spirit of Thomas Paine (June).
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Merck was represented in the Mason case by Phil Beck, Tarek Ismail and Shayna Cook of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP of Chicago.
The restoration is part of the Boro Becks project, a partnership between Middlesbrough Council, the Environment Agency and the Wildlife Trust to encourage people to use the becks and their beautiful green corridors and enjoy them.
The Boro Becks Project is using six QR codes placed from Ladgate Lane to Longlands Road to allow people with smart phones to scan the codes and find out more about the Ormesby Beck.
One of them was drama student Josh Colago, a junior, who told Beck that the campus already had a chess club.
We wanted to look at indicators of risk for MS," says Beck, who headed the research project.
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The litter pick events are: | Spencer Beck - Tuesday, February 26, 10.
Upon successful completion of that task, Beck gets his restaurant.
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In Bush's memo of opposition, Beck said, there was no reference made to the real estate provisions.
Dedrick's heart attack," said Phil Beck, of the law firm of Bartlit Beck, Merck's lead trial lawyer in the case, Dedrick v.
The four becks are Marton West Beck, Ormesby Beck, Middle Beck and Spencer Beck.