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call off

1. To cancel a project, event, or activity. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "off" or after "off." Stop all printing—the boss has called off this project! I was supposed to go out tonight, but Marisa is sick and called off our dinner. The coach called football practice off because of the rain.
2. To stop or restrain a person or animal that is behaving aggressively. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "off" or after "off." Can you please call off your mother so she stops interrogating me? I'll tell you anything you want to know, just call off your dogs!
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call someone (or an animal) off someone or something

 and call someone or an animal off
to request that someone or an animal stop bothering or pursuing someone or something; to call a halt to an attack by someone or an animal. Please call your dogs off my brother. Call off your spying on me, or else!
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call something off

to cancel an event. It's too late to call the party off. The first guests have already arrived. Because of rain, they called off the baseball game.
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call off

1. Summon away, restrain, as in Please call off your dog. [Early 1600s]
2. Cancel some plan or undertaking, as in She decided to call off their engagement, or In case of rain the picnic will be called off. [Late 1800s]
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call off

v.
1. To cancel or postpone something: We called off the trip when two of people who were supposed to go became sick. The union called the strike off after the management gave in to their demands.
2. To order someone or something to stop attacking or aggressing: The police called off the dogs after the suspect surrendered. The commander called his troops off when the enemy retreated.
See also: call, off
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In 1963 football was decimated again by snow and ice and City didn't play a game for two months but although there were 21 postponed away games (including a British record 16 FA Cup ties at Lincoln) there were only two home games called off.
Billingham had the long trip to Lymm called off in good time.
The Conference North officials, however, have ruled out any possibility of re-arranging a home league fixture for the Bay at short notice, even though other games were called off yesterday.
He added: "It is an inconvenience when games are called off, especially when you get two called off and, in Blackpool's case if it were to happen, three called off because it will mean a fixture pile-up later on in the year.
The proposed industrial action for this Friday, November 19 has been called off.
Though almost all the representatives of the state associations were present, the meeting was called off," said a BAI official on condition of anonymity.
A LARGE-SCALE police search for an elderly woman was called off - when she walked into a police station.
Summary: JERUSALEM: British rocker Elvis Costello has called off planned gigs in Israel, citing the "intimidation" and "humiliation" of Palestinians.
Metro Bancorp, Inc (NASDAQ: METR) and Republic First Bancorp, Inc (NASDAQ: FRBK) have announced that they have called off a plan to merge their operations.
Japanese airline ANA announced today that proposed strikes by the pilot unions of four of its subsidiaries have been called off.
India: An oil strike has been called off after troops marched in and strikers were threatened with imprisonment.
call off 1 : cancel 2 <The party was called off.
The star also called off a red carpet appearance in London last night at the charity premiere of her new movie, Shall We Dance?
What happened is that Game 7 of the NBA Finals was called off right before halftime.
Japan Air System (JAS) pilots called off a strike planned for Wednesday following all-night negotiations with management over winter bonus payments and enhanced safety measures, the pilots' union said.