call attention to

call attention to (someone or something)

To draw others' awareness to someone or something. I know you were trying to sneak into the meeting, but you really called attention to yourself when you knocked over that chair. That garish new paint color really calls attention to all the imperfections in the walls.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

call someone's attention to something

 and call something to someone's attention
to bring something to someone's notice; to make someone recognize some fact. May I call your attention to the sign on the door? He called to our attention the notice on the wall.
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call attention to someone or something

to cause someone, including oneself, or something to be noticed or observed. I think he dresses like that simply to call attention to himself.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Her mission is dearly to call attention to the erasure of Canada Lee and make his forgotten story memorable once more.
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In my own experience, what protects incompetence in the bureaucracy is the spirit of collegiality that encourages government officials not to blow the whistle on the other guy's ineptitude lest he call attention to theirs.
Appearing as illustrations in Myth, Memory, and the Making of the American Landscape, these images call attention to the problem which the authors of this essay collection ably illuminate.
With a concentration and patience that imposed an extremely slow rhythm of production on him--the ten years that separated the two exhibitions must seem a reasonable lapse of time to van Golden--he has striven to call attention to visual events.
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I invoke this experience not to call attention to my academic achievements, but as a concrete--and not so unique--example of both the promise of affirmative action and the fallacy of defining merit or qualifications exclusively or principally in terms of performance on standardized tests.
DeVille failed to call attention to the need for better education.
The employee had been involved in a "peaceful protest" designed to call attention to jail employees' working conditions such as low wages and staff shortages.
One such "Journal Focus" question might be to call attention to a modernistic work of art in their textbooks and ask them to support why they feel the piece should or should not be considered art.
The author's debut titles call attention to countless children who deal with name-calling and peer pressure every day.
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