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on call

Ready or available when and if needed. We have a team of engineers on call if you experience any issues. I'm on call with the hospital, so I can't drink tonight.
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on call

ready to serve when called. I live a very hard life. I'm on call twenty hours a day. I'm sorry, but I can't go out tonight. I'm on call at the hospital.
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on call

Available if summoned, as in Medical residents are required to be on call at least three nights a week. This expression originated as at call in the late 1500s. Also see at someone's beck and call.
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on ˈcall

(of a doctor, etc.) available for duty if needed: Our qualified staff are on call 24 hours a day should you need any technical support.
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on call

1. Available when summoned for service or use: physicians who were on call for 48 hours.
2. Subject to payment on demand.
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