call the dogs off

call the dogs off

To stop threatening or behaving aggressively toward someone. Call the dogs off! I'll tell you anything you want to know, just stop threatening me!
See also: call, dog, off

call the dogs off

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1. Lit. to order hunting or watch dogs to abandon their quarry. They robber gave up and the guard called the dogs off. Call off the dogs!
2. Fig. to stop threatening, chasing, or hounding [a person]. Tell the sheriff to call off the dogs. We caught the robber. Okay, you've caught me! Please call your dogs off!
See also: call, dog, off
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You don't win like this, and so my advice to the candidates is to call the dogs off" Dame Tessa Jowell's advice to the Labour leadership hopefuls "I overheard a woman describe us as 'the blonde one, the dark one, the bearded one and the other one' - they thought we were Abba" Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper on herself and her three rivals for the Labour leadership
Levein launched the nationwide search for the Cheque Centre PFA Scottish Manager of the Year at Hampden yesterday and took all of five minutes to call the dogs off again.
What is the hunt's intention when it takes hounds to a known fox haunt, induces them to hunt by trailing fox urine or cluster of foxes' tails and does not call the dogs off when they pursue a fox?
The Bluebirds manager told Stoke's Welsh team boss TonyPulis: "Call the dogs off. Joe is not for sale."
Richard Furlong, representing the league, said: "They made no attempt to call the dogs off.
His enemies scent blood - they're not about to call the dogs off.
If Crossling and Harrison believed the convictions meant Chief Supt Braithwaite would call the dogs off, they were sorely mistaken.
"People were out shouting at them to call the dogs off but they wouldn't.
Today Mr King again called for action, urging the Government to "call the dogs off" on tax demands and demanding that the council "puts its money where its mouth is".
The Bluebirds manager told Stoke's Welsh team boss Tony Pulis: "Call the dogs off. Joe is not for sale."