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call out

1. To announce something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "out" or after "out." Once everyone is seated, the host will call out the winners' names. If you've got Bingo, call it out!
2. To shout in an attempt to draw attention to oneself. I called out to my best friend when I saw her walking down the street, but she had headphones on and couldn't hear me. My husband came running when he heard me call out for help.
3. To confront one about one's misdeeds or unpleasant behavior. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "call" and "out." If your intern keeps coming in late, you need to call her out on it.
4. To challenge one to a fight. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "out" or after "out." I wouldn't call that guy out—I know for a fact that he carries a knife.
5. To request one's aid or presence. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "out" or after "out." When that case had me stumped, I called another detective out to review it with me. The president called out military troops when the situation became unstable.
6. To utilize something, often a quality or skill. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "out" or after "out." The championship game was so intense that I really had to call out my mental toughness just to get through it.
7. To order something by phone. Just tell me what you want for dinner, and I'll call out for it.
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call someone or something out

to request the services of someone or a group. (See also call someone up; call someone out.) Things got bad enough that the governor called the militia out. The governor called out the militia.
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call someone out

to challenge someone to a fight. Wilbur wanted to call him out, but thought better of it. Why did you call out that guy? He used to be a prizefighter!
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call something out

1. to draw on something, such as a particular quality or talent. It's times like these that call the best out in us. These times call out our best effort.
2. to shout out something. Who called the warning out? You should call out a warning to those behind you on the trail.
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call out (to someone)

to speak loudly to get someone's attention. Mike called out to Tom that there was a telephone call for him. I heard someone call out, but I could see no one.
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call out

1. Summon into action or service, as in The governor called out the militia. [Mid-1400s]
2. Challenge to a fight, as in To avenge the insult, Arthur called him out. This term originated with dueling and is dying out. [Early 1800s]
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call out

1. To shout: When I realized I was trapped, I called out for help. I called out from the porch for lemonade.
2. To say something in a loud voice; announce something: The announcer called out the names of the runners as they crossed the finish line. The conductor called the station name out as we pulled up.
3. To request the services of someone or something: The mayor called out the guard to suppress the riots. We called the veterinarian out to the farm to examine one of the calves.
4. To challenge someone or something: When I insulted his mother, he called me out.
5. To order food from a restaurant by telephone: If you don't want to cook, we can just call out for pizza.
See also: call, out
References in classic literature ?
Just as Alice veiled her eyes in horror, under the impression that they were about to be swept within the vortex at the foot of the cataract, the canoe floated, stationary, at the side of a flat rock, that lay on a level with the water.
Were Niagara but a cataract of sand, would you travel your thousand miles to see it?
Presently a fair slip of a girl, about ten years old, with a cataract of golden hair streaming down over her shoulders, came along.
We had such a beautiful day, and such endless pictures of limpid lakes, and green hills and valleys, and majestic mountains, and milky cataracts dancing down the steeps and gleaming in the sun, that we could not help feeling sweet toward all the world; so we tried to drink all the milk, and eat all the grapes and apricots and berries, and buy all the bouquets of wild flowers which the little peasant boys and girls offered for sale; but we had to retire from this contract, for it was too heavy.
Then came the hill--a cataract, A dusty swirl, before us; The world stood round--a village world-- In fearful chorus
His feudal tower must arise in due majesty; the figures which he introduces must have the costume and character of their age; the piece must represent the peculiar features of the scene which he has chosen for his subject, with all its appropriate elevation of rock, or precipitate descent of cataract.
My fall was stopped by a terrible squash, that sounded louder to my ears than the cataract of Niagara; after which, I was quite in the dark for another minute, and then my box began to rise so high, that I could see light from the tops of the windows.
He appears by his modest and unaffected narration to have described things as he saw them, to have copied nature from the life, and to have consulted his senses, not his imagination; he meets with no basilisks that destroy with their eyes, his crocodiles devour their prey without tears, and his cataracts fall from the rock without deafening the neighbouring inhabitants.
And thou, highest perfection of excellence that can be desired, utmost limit of grace in human shape, sole relief of this afflicted heart that adores thee, though the malign enchanter that persecutes me has brought clouds and cataracts on my eyes, and to them, and them only, transformed thy unparagoned beauty and changed thy features into those of a poor peasant girl, if so be he has not at the same time changed mine into those of some monster to render them loathsome in thy sight, refuse not to look upon me with tenderness and love; seeing in this submission that I make on my knees to thy transformed beauty the humility with which my soul adores thee.
Like the fabulous Gordon Pym, at every moment I expected to see "that veiled human figure, of larger proportions than those of any inhabitant of the earth, thrown across the cataract which defends the approach to the pole.
He reeled back with a shudder and the same moment the drops became a crimson cataract.
Down came the whole side of the mountain, in a cataract of ruin.
He was leading his troops through the forest, or sailing in a flat-boat on Lake Ontario, or sleeping in his tent, while the awful cataract of Niagara sent its roar through his dreams.
Katherine was herself pressed to make one of the party, but the young lady, at the same time she owned her wish to see this far-famed cataract, declined the offer firmly, but gratefully, on account of her desire to spend the remaining time with her father and mother, before they went to the south.
Surely it is not possible to feel otherwise, any more than it would be possible for a man with cataract to regret the painful process by which his dim blurred sight of men as trees walking had been exchanged for clear outline and effulgent day.