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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.
See also: back, call

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
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If you say you'll be somewhere or will call someone back at a certain time, do it.
Nowadays, when I call someone back from the lobby, they jokingly protest and say, "But I'm looking at the baby!" At this point, we've even had people coming by just to see her, once word spread there was a baby at my office.
Nowadays, when I call someone back from the lobby, they jokingly protest and say, but "I'm looking at the baby!" At this point, we've even had people coming by just to see her, once word spread there was a baby at my office.
Saying you will call someone back and not doing it has an ethical dimension to it.
"Smart Notice reminds you when you need to call someone back, highlights unused apps you can uninstall to free up space and even track the weather to help you pick up the appropriate dress."
With just a few clicks, users can easily set up an almost limitless combinations of conditional commands -- what IFTTT calls "recipes." For example, one can set up a recipe that will automatically upload e-mail attachments to one's Dropbox account, add a note to Google Calendar to call someone back if a call is missed, or send a text message if one's Nest Protect system detects smoke.
Salt Lake City, UT, February 14, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Have you ever dropped a call or had to call someone back because of a dying battery?
Speech-to-text translation dramatically enhances the user experience and keeps voicemail relevant in a world where people don't want to be listening to messages just to be told to call someone back," said Robert Pettiford, AVP of Commercial Products at Frontier Communications.
We're all guilty of it, forgetting to call someone back because we're too busy, thinking that we can see that person another day.