call the dogs off

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call the dogs off

(of a person) To stop threatening or behaving aggressively toward someone. Call the dogs off! I'll tell you anything you want to know, just stop threatening me!
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call the dogs off

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1. Lit. to order hunting or watch dogs to abandon their quarry. They robber gave up and the guard called the dogs off. Call off the dogs!
2. Fig. to stop threatening, chasing, or hounding [a person]. Tell the sheriff to call off the dogs. We caught the robber. Okay, you've caught me! Please call your dogs off!
See also: call, dog, off
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At one stage they called the dogs off, believing it was too dangerous to continue.