within call

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within call

Also, within hail. Near enough to hear a summons, as in Tommy's allowed to play outside but only within call of his mother, or We told them they could hike ahead of us but to stay within hail. The first term was first recorded in 1668, the variant in 1697.
See also: call, within

within call

Close enough to come if summoned: The nurse is within call if you need him.
See also: call, within
References in classic literature ?
He was presently within hail, and, looking up, caught sight of me.
It gave me the idea that he expected to be called, and intended to remain in sight, or within hail.
But the best fun was when the boys were put on the wheel together, Tom Platt within hail, and she cuddled her lee-rail down to the crashing blue, and kept a little home-made rainbow arching unbroken over her windlass.
In half an hour she was abreast, to windward, within hail, and rolling slightly, with her engines stopped.
There being to my knowledge a respectable lodging-house in Essex-street, the back of which looked into the Temple, and was almost within hail of my windows, I first of all repaired to that house, and was so fortunate as to secure the second floor for my uncle, Mr.
A long-beaked, bright steel ninety-footer floated at ease for one instant within hail of us, her slings coiled ready for rescues, and a single hand in her open tower.
Now he went down into a valley, where they could not see him; but they heard the sharp, hasty tramp, rising nearer and nearer; at last they saw him emerge on the top of an eminence, within hail.
An' til we came to the Dardanelles and had to wait to get our permit to pass, we never were within hail o' aught.
If you don't--it's a fine, law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman within hail.