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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]
See also: back, call

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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But Highlands band Be Like Pablo are making sure music still has a dialling tone with their latest slice of power pop, Call You Back.
I don't even know anything for now, but I will call you back. It is ridiculous.
On the reverse side, a short, terse voicemail with no details is unlikely to motivate someone to call you back. You must give a prospect enough information to capture her attention so that she will think "I need to talk to this person."
A MAN who took a call on his mobile while molesting a woman said: "I'll call you back" - before continuing.
time, when the piano keys return, and call you back, and you are back,
If you want to register a team, or come along as an individual to be allocated to a team, then please contact info@cardiffsoftball.com and a friendly person will call you back to chat.
[You deserve a ' friend who will call you back after all.) And since friendships shift at this stage, reach out to others, too.
"Can I call you back later to discuss it?" said the reporter.
Says the someone, who begins to be lonely again./But meanwhile the Large Thing has come back in anyway./Good, I was just about to call you back, says the same someone to the Large Thing.
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"A benefit-driven message will allow people to be more inclined to call you back in a timely fashion and makes the recipient more receptive to what you have to say," says Hilliard.
"They are not put on hold or told, 'I'll call you back,' McAdams says.
If you don't have a cell phone, you can use a pay phone, but the restaurant may not be able to call you back when the delivery goes out.
You got the gig with just a few minutes to go and not enough of us cared to call you back for an encore.
He then said: "Hello, mate, I'm sorry, I'm in court at the moment, can I call you back?"