at (one's) beck and call

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at (one's) beck and call

Completely compliant or obedient to another person; catering to one's every need. The phrase has a negative connotation. Do you really think I'll do anything you say? I'm not at your beck and call! A: "How can we get to the mall this weekend?" B: "Oh, my sister will take us—she's been at my beck and call ever since I caught her sneaking in past curfew!"
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at someone's beck and call

ready to obey someone. What makes you think I wait around here at your beck and call? I have to leave for work, you know! It was a fine hotel. There were dozens of maids and waiters at our beck and call.
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at someone's beck and call

Required to comply with someone's requests or commands, as in The boss expects the entire staff to be at his beck and call. The noun beck, now obsolete except in this idiom, meant "a gesture or signal of command, such as a nod or hand movement," whereas call signifies "a vocal summons." Also see dance attendance on.
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at someone's beck and call

always having to be ready to obey someone's orders immediately.
Beck in the sense of ‘a significant gesture of command’ comes from the verb beck , a shortened form of beckon . It is now found mainly in this phrase.
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at somebody’s ˌbeck and ˈcall

always ready and required to do exactly what somebody asks: Working in a big store means being at the customers’ beck and call all day.
Beck is a shortened form of the word ‘beckon’ (= give somebody a signal with your finger or hand, especially to tell them to come closer).
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at (someone's) beck and call

Ready to comply with any wish or command.
See also: and, beck, call