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1. A return phone call. (In each of these usages, the term can be spelled "call-back.") I finally got a callback from the doctor's office with my test results this morning. This is an automated call-back service letting you know that your pizza is on its way.
2. An instruction to return to work, as after a layoff or suspension. Union officials are trying to secure a call-back for every factory worker affected by the layoff. The callback could see up to 2,000 government workers returning to work despite the government shutdown.
3. A recall made by a manufacturer of a defective product. If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we're going to have to do a massive callback.
4. A follow-up audition or interview, as when pursuing an acting role or applying for a job. 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 call-back from the recruiter—she wants me to come in for a second interview!
5. A reference to a past scene or plot development, as in a TV show. The "Gilmore Girls" revival was full of callbacks to the original series.
6. In comedy, a joke that references an element used in a joke told earlier in the routine. The callback that I've been using at the end of my set is really killing. The comedy show loves to feature call-backs to jokes in previous sketches.
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"I saw a lot of callbacks with cement backer board," Sherman said.
As in recent years, the frequency and severity of customer callbacks has been controlled quite well by the builders in 2001.
Nine out of 10 builders rely primarily on subcontractors to follow up on their customer callbacks, the same proportion reported in the last few years.
About nine-tenths of builders rely on their subcontractors to follow up on some or all of their customer callbacks, the same proportion reported last year.
The average response time for callbacks has reached nine days, compared with eight in 1997 and six in 1996; in fact, it now takes more than three weeks to respond to 12% of the customer callbacks.
Reasons for callbacks vary little by size of builder, although large-volume builders (those building more than 100 units per year) have more problems with lawns and yard grading.
degree from a selective public university did not generate more callbacks, on average, than a degree from a non-selective public school.
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CnC servers are used heavily during the lifecycle of an attack to maintain communication with an infected machine by way of callbacks, enabling the attacker to download and modify malware to evade detection, extract data, or expand an attack within a target organization.
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The researchers found that attractive men used to get more callbacks from their employers compared to the men with no picture and to plain-looking men.
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In particular, Ore noted that most of the increase in employment was due to the hiring of temps and "callbacks," or bringing back laid-off workers.