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call (one) forward

To instruct or signal one to step forward or come to the front of a group. Counselor, you may call your first witness forward. I knew that Becky had the poem memorized, so I called her forward to recite it.
See also: call, forward
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

call someone forward

to call to someone to the front, and to the attention of everyone present. The teacher called the student forward to recite. Don't call me forward. I am not prepared.
See also: call, forward
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The two men-at-arms, with whom Albert Malvoisin had not failed to communicate upon the import of their testimony, were now called forward. Though both were hardened and inflexible villains, the sight of the captive maiden, as well as her excelling beauty, at first appeared to stagger them; but an expressive glance from the Preceptor of Templestowe restored them to their dogged composure; and they delivered, with a precision which would have seemed suspicious to more impartial judges, circumstances either altogether fictitious or trivial, and natural in themselves, but rendered pregnant with suspicion by the exaggerated manner in which they were told, and the sinister commentary which the witnesses added to the facts.
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After judging the 78 projects exhibited there, the winners were called forward in a thrilling award ceremony that kept everyone in suspense until the very last minute.
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It is better to be called forward than to be sent to the back of the room.
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* Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion may be called forward by the priest only when a sufficient number of priests or deacons is not present.
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