call off the/(one's) dogs

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call off the/(one's) dogs

1. To stop disparaging or otherwise behaving aggressively toward someone. I know you wish I were a doctor, dad, but call off the dogs for one night. I'll tell you anything you want to know, just call off your dogs!
2. To stop someone else from disparaging or otherwise behaving aggressively toward another person. Your mother won't stop interrogating me—can you please call off the dogs?
See also: call, dog, off

call off the dogs

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call off your dogs

If someone calls off the dogs or calls off their dogs, they stop criticizing or attacking someone or encouraging other people to criticize or attack someone. Lenders will be ordered to call off the dogs, especially for families struggling to pay their mortgage through unemployment. Maybe he'll call off his dogs now that he knows I'm not taking his money. Note: The dogs referred to here are dogs used for hunting.
See also: call, dog, off

call off the (or your) dogs

stop attacking or persecuting someone or causing others to do so on your behalf.
See also: call, dog, off
References in classic literature ?
He said he did not want to go at that hour, but would follow my advice as soon as I had called off the dog.
Professional socialite Kim Kardashian has called off the dogs on a Kim Kardashian doppelganger, ending a high-profile lawsuit that could have had wide-reaching implications for companies that use celebrity lookalikes in advertisements.
When Assad's forces shot down the Turkish plane on their border, prime minister, Erdoy-an called off the dogs.
The foreclosure motivated JPI to become a more responsive creditor, so BOZ called off the dogs of war for now.
Randolph was well on pace yesterday to break the school record of 63 pass attempts he set last month at Yale until Gilmore called off the dogs in the fourth quarter.
At one point, when it became obvious UCLA had figured out how to slow Memphis' transition game, Calipari called off the dogs.
We waded in and Capita chief executive Paul Pindar - and his Equita business - has now called off the dogs.
The word is that Fergie and Magnier have called off the dogs over Rock Of Gibraltar's breeding rights, just as the Red Devils hit the most important four days of their season.
Or had he called off the dogs as part of a deal in which the Prime Minister agreed to stand down?
Leominster stole seven bases in the game and could have had more had it not called off the dogs once the game was out of hand.
Last week, Saugus' defense allowed 419 yards through three quarters, including five TDs of 34 yards or longer, before Canyon called off the dogs.
But I'm pleased to report they've called off the dogs.
With a pack of Labour rebels baying for his blood, Blair was only going to survive because Brown called off the dogs.
If this government called off the dogs of war and increased taxation on the rich, there would be plenty of money to pay fire- fighters and public service workers.
With Labour rebels baying for his blood, Blair survived because Brown called off the dogs.