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call back

1. verb To return someone's phone call. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." If that's Paul on the phone, tell him I'll call him back later. Hi Dr. Ryan, I'm just calling back about the message you left me this morning.
2. verb To instruct someone to return to a particular place or situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "call" and "back." As I walked to my car, my mom called me back to retrieve a textbook I'd almost forgotten.
3. verb To recall a defective item. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we have no choice but to call it back.
4. noun A return phone call. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. I had been trying to reach Mary for weeks and finally got a callback from her last night.
5. noun An instruction to return to a particular place or situation. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. As I walked to my car, I got a callback from my mom, who was holding a textbook I'd almost forgotten.
6. noun A recall of a defective item. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we're going to have to do a massive callback.
7. noun A follow-up audition or interview, as when pursuing an acting role or applying for a job. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. After months of fruitless auditions, I finally got a callback! I'm so excited that I don't even care that it's for an ointment commercial! I just got a callback from the recruiter—she wants me to come in for a second interview!
8. noun A reference to a past scene or plot development, as in a TV show. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The Gilmore Girls revival was full of callbacks to the original series.
9. noun In comedy, a joke that references an element used in a joke told earlier in the routine. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The callback that I've been using at the end of my set is really killing.
See also: back, call

call someone or something back

to call out that someone or something should come back. As she left, the clerk called her back. The clerk called back the customer.
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call someone back

 
1. to call someone again on the telephone. Since she is not there, I will call her back in half an hour. Carl called back Mary after his meeting was over.
2. to return a telephone call to a person who had called earlier. I got his message; I will call him back tomorrow. I have to call back my friend now.
3. Go to call someone or something back.
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call back

 
1. to call [someone] again on the telephone at a later time. Call back later, please. I will call back when you are not so busy.
2. to return a telephone call received earlier. The note says I am to call back. What did you want? This is Bill Wilson calling back.
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call back

1. Ask someone to return; also, ask that something be returned, as in He passed the first audition and was waiting to be called back, or These screws are defective; the manufacturer has called them back. [Late 1500s]
2. call someone back. Telephone someone in return, as in May I call you back next week? [Early 1900s]
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call back

v.
1. To contact, or attempt to contact, someone who has called previously, especially by telephone: When I got home from work, I called back my mother, who had left a message on my answering machine. I left a message asking the manager to call me back as soon as possible. I'll call back tonight when your parents are home.
2. To summon someone back to a previous situation or location: Just as I started walking away, the teacher called me back. The workers who were laid off are hoping that management will call them back as soon as the economy improves.
3. To recall something defective for repair: The company has called back all models of this car built in 2002. After discovering that the toy was unsafe for small children, the company was forced to call it back.
See also: back, call
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They said they would call us back or text us but we got nothing.
If the bills don't pass in the special and they're blocked again, I will ask the governor to call us back again and again and again.
If the NY Fed feels the e-mail is not sufficient to carry out the payment instruction, they will call us back through telephone, he said.
In 2008, Ezra Klein wrote idiotically that "Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal.
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Many times we receive complaints coming from people who heard the wrong things, and then they call us back asking, 'Why did you say that and it didn't happen?
They said someone would call us back, but no call had been received last night.
When contacted by our reporter about the new complaints, former HELM director Douglas Wilkie, who is now a consultant with the company, didn't call us back.
Sannes concurred, "They know what they need to do and will call us back after an issue is resolved The online training sessions are also very helpful.
We called and asked to meet him about three weeks ago and we were told they would call us back, but no one called us to make an appointment yet.
I believe God would call us back to His written word.
Help for Heroes were the first to call us back and they helped us get an appointment at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
I pray and hope that we do our absolute best so that Nollywood will see our talents and call us back for more movies in the future" said Veleria Nantuua, the Action on Stage Winner, who walked away with N$20,000 and the chance of starring in a Nollywood production.
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Banks are often overzealous with what they think they can accomplish, and when the agency that started going down that path hits a stop sign, they'll call us back, and we jump right in.