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1. To call by phone or yell to someone on a lower level of a house or building. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "down." Call down to the front desk and ask them for some more towels. I called down to my dad that the bathroom sink was still leaking.
2. To ask one to come to a lower level of a building or house. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "down." Security will call me down to meet you when you get here. I called my dad down to look at the leak in the dining room ceiling.
3. To ask one to come to a particular place. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "down." I knew about the public outcry against my article, so I was not surprised to be called down to the editor's office.
4. To scold, rebuke, or reprimand someone, as for a wrongdoing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "down." My teacher called me down in front of the whole class after he caught me sticking my tongue out at him.
5. To invoke or request divine intervention. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "down." While in the throes of mourning, I called down for comfort from the heavens. I wouldn't cross a woman who converses with the spirits—who knows what kinds of punishments she can call down on us!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
call someone down
to reprimand a person; to bawl someone out. The teacher had to call down Sally in front of everybody. "I wish you wouldn't call me down in public," cried Sally.
call something down (to someone)
to shout something to a person on a lower level. The worker called a warning down to the people below. She called down a warning to them.
call something down
(on someone) Fig. to invoke some sort of divine punishment onto someone. The preacher sounded as though he was calling down the wrath of God on us. Moses called down a plague on the Pharoah.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Invoke, as from heaven; for example, He called down the wrath of God. [Early 1800s]
2. call someone down. Scold or reprimand, as in The conductor called her down for playing out of tune. [Mid-1800s] For a synonym, see dress down, def. 1.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To shout something from a higher level to a lower one: I called down from the balcony to the people onstage.
2. To summon someone from a higher level to a lower one: I was upstairs getting dressed when my dad called me down for dinner. I waited in the bleachers until they called down my group.
3. To ask for someone's presence at some location; summon someone: The police called me down to the station to identify the robber. I was called down to the principal's office to explain why I was late.
4. To criticize or reprimand someone: The teacher called me down for being late. The grouchy boss took a cruel delight in calling down the members of the staff.
5. To invoke something, as from heaven: The prophet called down punishment on the wicked. Their sins called a plague down upon them.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.