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call someone down

to reprimand a person; to bawl someone out. The teacher had to call down Sally in front of everybody. "I wish you wouldn't call me down in public," cried Sally.
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call something down

(on someone) Fig. to invoke some sort of divine punishment onto someone. The preacher sounded as though he was calling down the wrath of God on us. Moses called down a plague on the Pharoah.
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call something down (to someone)

to shout something to a person on a lower level. The worker called a warning down to the people below. She called down a warning to them.
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call down

1. Invoke, as from heaven; for example, He called down the wrath of God. [Early 1800s]
2. call someone down. Scold or reprimand, as in The conductor called her down for playing out of tune. [Mid-1800s] For a synonym, see dress down, def. 1.
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call down

1. To shout something from a higher level to a lower one: I called down from the balcony to the people onstage.
2. To summon someone from a higher level to a lower one: I was upstairs getting dressed when my dad called me down for dinner. I waited in the bleachers until they called down my group.
3. To ask for someone's presence at some location; summon someone: The police called me down to the station to identify the robber. I was called down to the principal's office to explain why I was late.
4. To criticize or reprimand someone: The teacher called me down for being late. The grouchy boss took a cruel delight in calling down the members of the staff.
5. To invoke something, as from heaven: The prophet called down punishment on the wicked. Their sins called a plague down upon them.
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Systems like these up until now, required residents had to call an 800 number, use special dialers or pay a toll to call down and talk to their doorman," says Maria Gonzalez, vice president and president-in-waiting of Nortronics Corp.
One book, What Islam Is All About, states that Jews "subscribe to a belief in racial superiority" and that their religion "even teaches them to call down curses upon the worship places of non-Jews whenever they pass by them
News that Thierry Henry is still not fit has prompted a couple of firms to call down France on the Group A index, although they have gone up a point with both IG and Spreadex on the outright front.
The subject of sins which call down the wrath of God upon entire communities greatly preoccupied a number of European minds between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries, especially when they were considered in an apocalyptic context, as they certainly were in Bernardino's case.
Eventually, competition between IP telephony services will drive the price of the long-distance phone call down to 5 cents per minute, says McKnight.
Some of the entries in my room's diary made me want to call down to housekeeping and make sure the mattress had been turned.
Acting as a sort of case worker for God, Monica prefers to rely on her cleverness rather than take the easy option and call down all kinds of miracles.
The environmentalists think the property is a wetland, which would call down legal restrictions on its use.