call off the dogs


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call off the/(one's) dogs

1. To stop disparaging or otherwise behaving aggressively toward someone. I know you wish I were a doctor, dad, but call off the dogs for one night. I'll tell you anything you want to know, just call off your dogs!
2. To stop someone else from disparaging or otherwise behaving aggressively toward another person. Your mother won't stop interrogating me—can you please call off the dogs?
See also: call, dog, off

call off the dogs

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call off your dogs

If someone calls off the dogs or calls off their dogs, they stop criticizing or attacking someone or encouraging other people to criticize or attack someone. Lenders will be ordered to call off the dogs, especially for families struggling to pay their mortgage through unemployment. Maybe he'll call off his dogs now that he knows I'm not taking his money. Note: The dogs referred to here are dogs used for hunting.
See also: call, dog, off

call off the (or your) dogs

stop attacking or persecuting someone or causing others to do so on your behalf.
See also: call, dog, off
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But once your fox has been "flushed" and it's out in the open, you have to call off the dogs and try to shoot it.
He was crying uncle,'' Sabo said, ``and he told me to call off the dogs.
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The situation is deteriorating to a point that if the government is smart, its best they call off the dogs and push the army back to the base.
Sources in the racing world have implied the Irish millionaire is in no mood to call off the dogs after what appears an orchestrated campaign to humiliate and crush the United manager and de-stabilise a board who have not performed as Magnier and his cohorts would like.
Buffini suddenly wants to pow-wow with the enemy in the hope of persuading him to call off the dogs and presumably that camel.
The performance his players gave yesterday means we can call off the dogs for the time being at least.
OK, call off the dogs, we've found this year's must-have make- up.