call to attention

call (one) to attention

To instruct military personnel to stand at attention (which, in most cases, means looking forward and standing erect with one's arms at one's sides). The troops abruptly stopped marching when the drill sergeant called them to attention.
See also: attention, call

call someone to attention

to demand that someone assume the formal military stance of attention. The officer called the platoon to attention. The sergeant called us to attention.
See also: attention, call
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The adviser shared these figures in the house in response to a call to attention notice by Nusrat Seher Abbasi, an MPA from the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F).
In her call to attention notice, the PML-F lawmaker said that 1,894 children had gone missing in 2017 and she wanted to know what steps the provincial authorities were taking to recover them.
During a call to attention by Syed Zafar Ali Shah over provision of dislocated minorities, the PML-N senator expressed his great indignation over the issue, which federal Housing minister Kakar promptly declared as responsibility of Punjab Government.
As the bike moves along, it produces a resounding call to attention.
Ten times we hear this call to attention, leading up to the text about the new covenant.