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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!"
See also: and, beck, call

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!"
See also: and, beck, call

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.
See also: and, beck, call
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I've had to spend more and more time behind the desk," says Beck.
The four becks are Marton West Beck, Middle Beck, which runs through Pallister Park, Ormesby Beck and Spencer Beck, which runs through Thorntree.
For Bob and Cathy Beck, the small community of Orenco, Oregon, seemed the perfect place to retire.
Community outreach officer Chris Corbett said: "Working with Graeme and the local schoolchildren has been fantastic and brought a real sense of place to the becks.
Contact the Boro Becks team on 515618 for a leaflet or for more information or email borobecks@middlesbrough.
Becks Ranger Barry Jobson said: "The becks are great places to visit.
The four becks are Marton West Beck, Ormesby Beck, Middle Beck and Spencer Beck.
Volunteers are wanted to help with works on Middlesbrough's becks Credit: Dan van den Toorn
The team is also calling on the public to let them know of any litter hot-spots as they tackle Marton West, Ormesby, Middle and Spencer becks.
It is five miles and follows Middle Beck as far as Ladgate Lane and across to Ormesby Beck.
A NEW team to help bring the people of Middlesbrough closer to the town's becks has set out on a three year mission.
A NEW team has embarked on a three-year mission in Middlesbrough to bring the residents closer to the town's becks.
Anyone who lives, walks or cycles around the becks in Middlesbrough, will have noticed the contrast between the beautiful natural environment and an area that has become somewhat troubled with litter, illegally dumped waste and some anti-social behaviour.
BIRDWATCHERS and wildlife lovers interested in Middlesbrough's many becks are invited to share memories of the waterways to assist a clean-up campaign.
The Three Becks project has been working closely with the Environment Agency and Middlesbrough Council to deliver some practical improvements, which will make Ormesby Beck better for people and wildlife.