don't call us, we'll call you


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don't call us, we'll call you

A phrase said when one person is not interested in the other, in a situation like a job interview or an audition. It is more often used humorously. I thought I had a good shot at this job until the recruiter said, "Don't call us, we'll call you" after the interview. Katie and I met some more losers online tonight, and we were just like, "Don't call us, we'll call you!"
See also: call

Don't call us, we'll call you.

cliché Do not be in further contact with us regarding your application/submission/inquiry/etc., we will contact you if we wish to proceed further (generally meaning that no such contact is to be expected). Thank you for your interesting submission to our fiction department. We'll think it over for now—don't call us, we'll call you.
See also: call

don't call us, we'll call you

used as a dismissive way of saying that someone has not been successful in an audition or job application. informal
See also: call

don’t call ˌus, we’ll call ˈyou

(informal) used for indicating that the speaker has no interest in meeting somebody, taking something that somebody is offering, etc: I had hoped she might want me to work with her, but her attitude was one of ‘don’t call us, we’ll call you.’
See also: call

don't call us, we'll call you

We’ll let you know when a decision—probably an unfavorable one—has been made. This formulaic brush-off dates from the mid-1940s and probably comes from the theater, ending an audition for a part. It was soon broadened to many areas where a candidate is rejected (for a job, political office, athletic team, and so on). A newer version of the theatrical rejection is Thank you very much, said without a hint of the gratitude implied by the words. It, too, may become a cliché.
See also: call
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