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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

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
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Well, and so just as the carriage came to the door, my uncle was called away upon business to that horrid man Mr.
Here Catherine, who was much less gratified by his admiration than by General Tilney's, was not sorry to be called away by Mr.
I had the presence of mind to say that their father had been called away on business.
The General was called away for a moment to give some instructions to the young officer who was sitting in a distant corner of the room with a telephone band around his head.
But Martin turned away, leaving him to tell it to the barkeeper, until that worthy was called away to furnish drinks to two farmers who, coming in, accepted Martin's invitation.
Mirabel's wonderful eye for character, Miss Plym is called away to the piano.
But the head of the department was called away to the telephone, and in her mind the splendid promise of the carpets and the irk of the pocket-book were thrust aside by a greater doubt and anxiety.
My letters will say I am privately married, and called away unexpectedly to join my husband.
It was very strange to walk through the streets on a Sunday morning, and note how few of them the barbarous jangling of bells that was driving the sick and nervous mad, called away from their own quarter, from their own close rooms, from the corners of their own streets, where they lounged listlessly, gazing at all the church and chapel going, as at a thing with which they had no manner of concern.
Willoughby imagine, I suppose, when his looks censured me for incivility in breaking up the party, that I was called away to the relief of one whom he had made poor and miserable; but HAD he known it, what would it have availed?
How can he love you when he knows you may be called away from him any minute?
After a few hours the engineer was called away to attend to a pensioner who was without cooking facilities.
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.
And the last minute drama is provided by Tony from Liberty X, who is called away following a family emergency.
FLAHERTY Derek Number one Son, three years have passed since that sad day when the one we loved was called away.