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call off

1. To cancel a project, event, or activity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "off" or after "off." Stop all printing—the boss has called off this project! I was supposed to go out tonight, but Marisa is sick and called off our dinner. The coach called football practice off because of the rain.
2. To stop or restrain a person or animal that is behaving aggressively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "off" or after "off." Can you please call off your mother so she stops interrogating me? I'll tell you anything you want to know, just call off your dogs!
See also: call, off

call someone (or an animal) off someone or something

 and call someone or an animal off
to request that someone or an animal stop bothering or pursuing someone or something; to call a halt to an attack by someone or an animal. Please call your dogs off my brother. Call off your spying on me, or else!
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call something off

to cancel an event. It's too late to call the party off. The first guests have already arrived. Because of rain, they called off the baseball game.
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call off

1. Summon away, restrain, as in Please call off your dog. [Early 1600s]
2. Cancel some plan or undertaking, as in She decided to call off their engagement, or In case of rain the picnic will be called off. [Late 1800s]
See also: call, off

call off

v.
1. To cancel or postpone something: We called off the trip when two of people who were supposed to go became sick. The union called the strike off after the management gave in to their demands.
2. To order someone or something to stop attacking or aggressing: The police called off the dogs after the suspect surrendered. The commander called his troops off when the enemy retreated.
See also: call, off
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Contractors are able to call off their kitchens online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fylaktou said that they would also decide whether to call off the protest they had scheduled for Thursday outside the finance ministry.
But late in the day, the weather got so bad that we just had to call off the search," he said.
But we would like to see them call off the threat of industrial action completely because we still have to keep 19,000 troops on standby.
Last night, the FBU executive voted to call off the strike and recommend acceptance of the deal although they knew this would trigger fierce criticism from some activists at the conference in Brighton.
We welcome the fact that the union has called off the strike but we would like to see them call off the threat of industrial action completely because we still have to keep 19,000 troops on standby,' said the spokesman.
Stainforth was another track to fall victim to the elements on Friday, the south Yorkshire venue having to call off after four races due to frost.
The roiling surf and water temperature contributed to the Coast Guard's decision to call off its search.
President Bush also refused to call off his trip to a Nato summit after a bomb exploded in front of his hotel in Ankara.
The decision to call off the blockades was the right one.
It is intended to call off contracts at the outset of the Framework Agreement; have flexibility to enable NHH to call off further contracts as and when required (including but not limited to the replacement of any terminated call-off contract; to accommodate any increases in housing stock and consequent increase in service demand; or to split out specific service types or regions); and have flexibility to enable service volume to be transferred from one contractor~s call-off contract to another contractor~s call-off contract in the event of poor performance.
We are quick to call off games for a bit of frost, snow or rain, but we are living in the dark ages when you consider the damage gales can cause.
The change comes after FBU executives voted to call off the strike and recommend acceptance of the deal.
The FBU leadership was already preparing to call off tomorrow's strike amid fears of losing public support if troops had to provide emergency cover as war in Iraq began.
NAV Aust-Agder estimates that the contract has a total value of NOK untill 9000 000,- calculated that, on average, made a call off per six months over a 3 year period.