call the dogs off

call the dogs off

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1. Lit. to order hunting or watch dogs to abandon their quarry. They robber gave up and the guard called the dogs off. Call off the dogs!
2. Fig. to stop threatening, chasing, or hounding [a person]. Tell the sheriff to call off the dogs. We caught the robber. Okay, you've caught me! Please call your dogs off!
See also: call, dog, off
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Levein launched the nationwide search for the Cheque Centre PFA Scottish Manager of the Year at Hampden yesterday and took all of five minutes to call the dogs off again.
What is the hunt's intention when it takes hounds to a known fox haunt, induces them to hunt by trailing fox urine or cluster of foxes' tails and does not call the dogs off when they pursue a fox?
Richard Furlong, representing the league, said: "They made no attempt to call the dogs off.
His enemies scent blood - they're not about to call the dogs off.
We're not going to call the dogs off in the third or fourth quarter.
If Crossling and Harrison believed the convictions meant Chief Supt Braithwaite would call the dogs off, they were sorely mistaken.
People were out shouting at them to call the dogs off but they wouldn't.