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call back

1. To call (someone or some place) on the telephone again, usually after failing to reach the desired person the first time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." I didn't get an answer, so I'll trying calling back tomorrow. I have to call the passport office back in about an hour because everyone was out to lunch.
2. To return someone's or some organization's telephone call. A noun or pronoun is be used between "call" and "back." I saw I missed a call from my mother, so I need to call her back once we're finished eating. We are unable to answer the telephone right now, so please leave a message with your name and number, and we will call you back as soon as possible.
3. To instruct someone to return to a particular place or situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "call" and "back." As I walked to my car, my mom called me back to retrieve a textbook I'd almost forgotten.
4. To recall a defective item. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we have no choice but to call it back.
See also: back, call

call someone or something back

to call out that someone or something should come back. As she left, the clerk called her back. The clerk called back the customer.
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call someone back

 
1. to call someone again on the telephone. Since she is not there, I will call her back in half an hour. Carl called back Mary after his meeting was over.
2. to return a telephone call to a person who had called earlier. I got his message; I will call him back tomorrow. I have to call back my friend now.
3. Go to call someone or something back.
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call back

 
1. to call [someone] again on the telephone at a later time. Call back later, please. I will call back when you are not so busy.
2. to return a telephone call received earlier. The note says I am to call back. What did you want? This is Bill Wilson calling back.
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call back

1. Ask someone to return; also, ask that something be returned, as in He passed the first audition and was waiting to be called back, or These screws are defective; the manufacturer has called them back. [Late 1500s]
2. call someone back. Telephone someone in return, as in May I call you back next week? [Early 1900s]
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call back

v.
1. To contact, or attempt to contact, someone who has called previously, especially by telephone: When I got home from work, I called back my mother, who had left a message on my answering machine. I left a message asking the manager to call me back as soon as possible. I'll call back tonight when your parents are home.
2. To summon someone back to a previous situation or location: Just as I started walking away, the teacher called me back. The workers who were laid off are hoping that management will call them back as soon as the economy improves.
3. To recall something defective for repair: The company has called back all models of this car built in 2002. After discovering that the toy was unsafe for small children, the company was forced to call it back.
See also: back, call
References in classic literature ?
Whirling about on the threshold, at the imminent risk of having his skull cracked, Dag Daughtry called back:
'We have called back our High Commissioner in India (Sohail Mahmood) for consultations.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal tweeted, "We have called back our high commissioner in India for consultations.
As of the first week of August, 3,000 cars have been called back .
Yesterday I missed a call from an unknown number, so I called back. The fellow on the other side said that he is calling from Dubai Duty Free and that I have won for Dh200,000.
The Punjab government had also deployed 296 policemen with 250 religious leaders, who had now been called back, sources told reporter.
In a report submitted in SC's Lahore registry on Saturday, Punjab IG retired Capt Arif Nawaz revealed that over 1,400 personnel deployed on security of 313 politicians, 1,100 for 527 police officials, and 650 policemen on duty for protecting 480 officials of subordinate judiciary were called back to barracks.
Implementing the orders, 54 elite security forces personnel were called back from Jati Umra, whereas the police also called back 25 of its personnel from the Sharif family's security.It may be noted that excessive security was called-off soon after the disqualification of former premier Nawaz Sharif, while more personnel, deployed for the security of Jati Umra, were now called to report back.
A Mumbai Airport spokesperson had said, Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul was called back from the runway at Mumbai airport after a suspicious object was found in the aircraft.
New York (AirGuide - Inside Air Travel) A Turkish Airlines flight scheduled to fly to Istanbul was called back from a runway at the Mumbai airport on Monday after an unclaimed mobile phone was spotted in the aircraft before take-off.
At Oregon Imaging, we know that being called back is scary but sometimes necessary.
A ROAD in Llanelli was closed yesterday after the fire service was called back to a disused church which caught fire three days ago.
is expanding its recalls by 4.89 million vehicles, bringing the total called back by the company to about 19.6 million.
My wife then called back and spoke to an operator and they gave her a number to call, which we already had.
We called back twice (the first time we called back we were told they were having computer problems and that we should call back in a few minutes - fine but we had to queue for 10 minutes for anybody to answer the phone) but they had no record of our call during the night.