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call back

1. To call (someone or some place) on the telephone again, usually after failing to reach the desired person the first time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." I didn't get an answer, so I'll trying calling back tomorrow. I have to call the passport office back in about an hour because everyone was out to lunch.
2. To return someone's or some organization's telephone call. A noun or pronoun is be used between "call" and "back." I saw I missed a call from my mother, so I need to call her back once we're finished eating. We are unable to answer the telephone right now, so please leave a message with your name and number, and we will call you back as soon as possible.
3. To instruct someone to return to a particular place or situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "call" and "back." As I walked to my car, my mom called me back to retrieve a textbook I'd almost forgotten.
4. To recall a defective item. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we have no choice but to call it back.
See also: back, call

call someone or something back

to call out that someone or something should come back. As she left, the clerk called her back. The clerk called back the customer.
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call someone back

 
1. to call someone again on the telephone. Since she is not there, I will call her back in half an hour. Carl called back Mary after his meeting was over.
2. to return a telephone call to a person who had called earlier. I got his message; I will call him back tomorrow. I have to call back my friend now.
3. Go to call someone or something back.
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call back

 
1. to call [someone] again on the telephone at a later time. Call back later, please. I will call back when you are not so busy.
2. to return a telephone call received earlier. The note says I am to call back. What did you want? This is Bill Wilson calling back.
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call back

1. Ask someone to return; also, ask that something be returned, as in He passed the first audition and was waiting to be called back, or These screws are defective; the manufacturer has called them back. [Late 1500s]
2. call someone back. Telephone someone in return, as in May I call you back next week? [Early 1900s]
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call back

v.
1. To contact, or attempt to contact, someone who has called previously, especially by telephone: When I got home from work, I called back my mother, who had left a message on my answering machine. I left a message asking the manager to call me back as soon as possible. I'll call back tonight when your parents are home.
2. To summon someone back to a previous situation or location: Just as I started walking away, the teacher called me back. The workers who were laid off are hoping that management will call them back as soon as the economy improves.
3. To recall something defective for repair: The company has called back all models of this car built in 2002. After discovering that the toy was unsafe for small children, the company was forced to call it back.
See also: back, call
References in classic literature ?
Even when he had opened the door she felt a sudden inclination to call him back. She heard him go down the hall, heard the front door open and close.
As the jarring echoes of the heavy house-door, closing on its latch, reverberated dismally through the building, Kate felt half tempted to call him back, and beg him to remain a little while; but she was ashamed to own her fears, and Newman Noggs was on his road homewards.
The servant had disappeared; it was too late to call him back. But one refuge from his contempt for himself was now open to him-- the refuge of work.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 12 (ANI): Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria returned here earlier today, days after Islamabad asked New Delhi to call him back following the scrapping of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
'We cannot reveal much for now and we need to review whether there is a need to call him back again.
This time it was a recycling box of bottles/plastics, We saw the collector walk past it, but we were to late to call him back. He and the wagon had gone.
"It will probably be a season-long loan that gives us the option to call him back in January."
"I knew straight away it was a scam because firstly his number was a Bahrain mobile number and not a landline and then he asked me to call him back, which wasn't professional.
"I was in shock and told him I'd have to think about it and call him back with my answer.
But I'm sure they'll call him back at the right time because they've got so many games to catch up on."
I was telling my mate I'd call him back, not having a long conversation."
Tell your crush you'll call him back in two minutes, and trash that trash like you told Dad you would.
"Ben will, of course, continue to train with us during the day and we can call him back quickly if required."
to determine the number of the phone he had used, she tried to call him back. As described by the Associated Press on January 25th, however, "Norvell answered, and since he also has caller ID, he was able to take down the number the woman was calling from.
"I tried to call him back, but he went off towards the town centre."