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call away

To ask one to leave one's current space or task and do something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "away." I was working on that report, but then I got called away to put ink in the printer. When you have five kids, you're constantly being called away to help one with something. Don't call him away while he's in the middle of cleaning out the garage, or it'll never get done!
See also: away, call
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call someone away (from something)

to ask someone to come away from some place or from doing something. The boss called Kathy away from her office. The principal called away the teacher from the classroom. Why did you call Kathy away?
See also: away, call
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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To-morrow I may be called away--ten years hence I may be called away. It is all one to me--I am here, I support myself by teaching, and I wait.
So if a man's wit be wandering, let him study the mathematics; for in demonstrations, if his wit be called away never so little, he must begin again.
"Madame Olenska--didn't you know she'd been called away?"
"Yes, Ellen was called away yesterday: she lets us call her Ellen, you know.
I had previously written to Miserrimus Dexter (by my old friend's advice), merely saying that I had been unexpectedly called away from London for a few days, and that I would report to him the result of my interview with Lady Clarinda on my return.
Religion alone can explain to us what without its help man cannot comprehend: why, for what cause, kind and noble beings able to find happiness in life- not merely harming no one but necessary to the happiness of others- are called away to God, while cruel, useless, harmful persons, or such as are a burden to themselves and to others, are left living.
"Would you greatly mind, Katy, if I were called away to California for a few weeks?"
here is need for you to put forth the might of your strong arms, for they of the Court are gaining the mastery in the tourney!" Called away by this noise and outcry, they proceeded no farther with the scrutiny of the remaining books, and so it is thought that "The Carolea," "The Lion of Spain," and "The Deeds of the Emperor," written by Don Luis de Avila, went to the fire unseen and unheard; for no doubt they were among those that remained, and perhaps if the curate had seen them they would not have undergone so severe a sentence.
Tess hastily explained that he had been called away on business, and, leaving her interlocutor, clambered over the garden-hedge, and thus made her way to the house.
"He took his departure himself; he was not called away. His mental powers here below were not strong enough to reach the treasures lying beyond this life, and which his destiny ordained he should obtain.
They saw me; and Arthur already was running to meet me; but I immediately turned back and walked steadily homeward; for I had fully determined never to encounter his mother again; and regardless of the shrill voice in my ear, calling upon me to 'wait a moment,' I pursued the even tenor of my way; and he soon relinquished the pursuit as hopeless, or was called away by his mother.
'He had hardly read it when he was called away. Its contents are known to nobody but himself and us.'
'It's a strange time of night to be called away, sir, certainly,' said the collector; 'and the behaviour of Mr Noggs himself, is, to say the least of it, mysterious.'
Harvey has been called away on business and has not been able to make the meeting concerning the confirmation of Keith Wyness, Chris Samuelsen and Jamie Banfill as members of Villa's new-look board.
KACE director Albaqir Mukhtar said Wednesday's proceedings came to an abrupt halt shortly after the hearing began when the judge was called away to attend an urgent meeting.