1. How may I be of service? For what reason did you summon me? Usually used in a humorous or lighthearted manner. A: "Let's just get Mary in here to explain it. Oh, Mary! Would you please join us in the conference room?" B: "You called?" A: "Yes, Mary, I'd like you to explain the figures in these charts for the rest of the committee." A: "Mark, are you down in the basement? Come up to the kitchen real quick." B: "You called, darling?"
2. Used as a humorous response when one feels as though they are the right person to fulfill a need expressed aloud by someone else. A: "We'll need someone with experience in welding to put this together for us." B: "You called?" A: "Oh, Samantha. I didn't know you were a welder!"
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1. a phrase used when returning a telephone call, meaning "What did you want to talk about when you called before?" Bill (answering the phone): Hello? Bob: This is Bob. You called? Tom: You called? It's Tom. Mary: Hi, Tom. Yes, I wanted to ask you about these estimates. 2. a phrase said by someone who has been summoned into a person's presence. (Often used in jest, in the way a servant might answer an employer.) Mary: Oh, Tom. Come over here a minute. Tom (coming to where Mary is standing): You called? Tom: Bill! Bill! Over here, Bill, across the street. Bill (panting from running and with mock deference): You called?
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