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beck and call

A phrase indicating one's compliance or obedience. Most often used in the phrase "at (someone's) beck and call." Do you really think I'll do anything you say? I'm not at your beck and call! A: "How can we get to the mall this weekend?" B: "Oh, my sister will take us—she's been at my beck and call ever since I caught her sneaking in past curfew!"
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at (one's) beck and call

Completely compliant or obedient to another person; catering to one's every need. The phrase has a negative connotation. Do you really think I'll do anything you say? I'm not at your beck and call! A: "How can we get to the mall this weekend?" B: "Oh, my sister will take us—she's been at my beck and call ever since I caught her sneaking in past curfew!"
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be at (one's) beck and call

To be completely compliant or obedient to another person; to cater to one's every need. The phrase has a negative connotation. A: "How can we get to the mall this weekend?" B: "Oh, my sister will take us—she's been at my beck and call ever since I caught her sneaking in past curfew!"
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at someone's beck and call

ready to obey someone. What makes you think I wait around here at your beck and call? I have to leave for work, you know! It was a fine hotel. There were dozens of maids and waiters at our beck and call.
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at someone's beck and call

Required to comply with someone's requests or commands, as in The boss expects the entire staff to be at his beck and call. The noun beck, now obsolete except in this idiom, meant "a gesture or signal of command, such as a nod or hand movement," whereas call signifies "a vocal summons." Also see dance attendance on.
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be at someone's beck and call

If someone is at another person's beck and call, they are always ready to do what that person wants them to do, even when it is not reasonable. Your child has to understand that you can't always be at his beck and call for every little thing. He had a host of servants at his beck and call. Note: `Beck' is an old word meaning a gesture, for example a nod or a movement of the hand or forefinger, which represents a command such as `Come here.'
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at someone's beck and call

always having to be ready to obey someone's orders immediately.
Beck in the sense of ‘a significant gesture of command’ comes from the verb beck , a shortened form of beckon . It is now found mainly in this phrase.
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at somebody’s ˌbeck and ˈcall

always ready and required to do exactly what somebody asks: Working in a big store means being at the customers’ beck and call all day.
Beck is a shortened form of the word ‘beckon’ (= give somebody a signal with your finger or hand, especially to tell them to come closer).
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at (someone's) beck and call

Ready to comply with any wish or command.
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at one's beck and call

Required to tend to someone’s wishes; totally under someone’s control. The obsolete noun beck, which survives only in this cliché, meant a mute signal or gesture of command, such as a nod of the head or a pointing of the finger; the verbal form, to beckon, still exists, as does call, for a vocal summons.
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Before owning his own funeral home, Beck was general manager of a Philadelphia-based funeral firm for 12 years.
"I've had to spend more and more time behind the desk," says Beck. "Although I've learned to enjoy that a bit more over the years, I still spend quite a lot of time in the field, seeing what needs to be done, and making suggestions based on what I've actually learned from on-site visits."
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The four becks are Marton West Beck, Middle Beck, which runs through Pallister Park, Ormesby Beck and Spencer Beck, which runs through Thorntree.
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While the Becks have no complaint with the light-rail system per se, they find the accompanying regulations needlessly stringent.
The metal insects on either side of the cycle way opposite the Southlands Centre, in Ormesby Road, were created as a partnership between artist Graeme Hopper and the Boro Becks Project.
But I fancy Vieira at 14/1 to be the one to put Becks on the deck.
PEOPLE are being asked for their views on the Boro Becks Project which comes to an end in December.
THERE'S a packed programme of Boro Becks activities for the family this summer.
The Boro Becks Project is using six QR codes placed from Ladgate Lane to Longlands Road to allow people with smart phones to scan the codes and find out more about the Ormesby Beck.
LOCAL residents are being invited to lend a hand giving becks in Middlesbrough a spring clean.