call (oneself) a (something)

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call (oneself) a (something)

A phrase used to show the speaker's incredulity that someone considers themself to be a particular thing, often a friend. And you call yourself a friend? You totally gossiped about me to other people in our class! If she's only working as an intern there, how can she call herself an editor on her resume?
See also: call

call yourself a ˈteacher, ˈfriend, etc.?

(informal) used to say that you do not think somebody is a very good teacher, friend, etc: Call yourself a friend? Why did you forget my birthday then?How can he call himself a musician when he’s never even heard of Schubert?
See also: call
References in classic literature ?
Nay; but if they who call themselves friends are good for anything, they will--to be sure they will.
Those who call themselves friends of Kenya are indeed enemies of Kenyans,' he said.
Onstage in Cameron Mackintosh's Les Miserables currently running at The Theatre at Solaire, the Barricade Boys, played by some of the actors in the ensemble, are students who call themselves Friends of ABC (pronounced Abaisse), who seek the elevation of humanity.
He supported Africa's freedom movements when many who now call themselves friends looked the other way or actively joined the oppressors.
Certain friends or who call themselves friends have been going behind your back.
CALL MY SAGITTARIUS LINE TO HEAR MORE 0904 470 0729 Certain friends or who call themselves friends have been going behind your back.
This book clearly a labor of love by three colleagues who also call themselves friends, meets its objectives and more.
As a Jew and lifelong supporter of Israel, it infuriates me that people who call themselves friends of Israel work with such fervour to preserve this situation.