call away

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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
References in classic literature ?
But he swiftly calls away the Captain from that scent.
The headset has a range of approximately 30 feet/10 meters -- and its convenient, integrated call pick up/hang up button enables people to accept and end calls away from the PC or mobile phone.
It provides efficient, personalized service to greet and route callers based on the number dialed and divert internal and inbound calls away from live operators so that they are free to focus on more value-add service.
The plan also comes with a long distance calling card which enables subscribers to make domestic long distance calls away from their home phone to anywhere in the contiguous U.
The Lucent ICD for softswitch is the first commercially available, standards-based SS7 gateway designed to alleviate congestion on voice networks by diverting data calls away from circuit switches.
The Ascend SS7 Gateway is the first commercially available, standards-based SS7 gateway designed for alleviating congestion on voice networks by diverting data calls away from circuit switches.