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call back

1. verb To return someone's phone call. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." If that's Paul on the phone, tell him I'll call him back later. Hi Dr. Ryan, I'm just calling back about the message you left me this morning.
2. verb To instruct someone to return to a particular place or situation. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is typically used between "call" and "back." As I walked to my car, my mom called me back to retrieve a textbook I'd almost forgotten.
3. verb To recall a defective item. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we have no choice but to call it back.
4. noun A return phone call. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. I had been trying to reach Mary for weeks and finally got a callback from her last night.
5. noun An instruction to return to a particular place or situation. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. As I walked to my car, I got a callback from my mom, who was holding a textbook I'd almost forgotten.
6. noun A recall of a defective item. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. If that part does in fact cause engines to overheat, then we're going to have to do a massive callback.
7. noun A follow-up audition or interview, as when pursuing an acting role or applying for a job. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. After months of fruitless auditions, I finally got a callback! I'm so excited that I don't even care that it's for an ointment commercial! I just got a callback from the recruiter—she wants me to come in for a second interview!
8. noun A reference to a past scene or plot development, as in a TV show. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The Gilmore Girls revival was full of callbacks to the original series.
9. noun In comedy, a joke that references an element used in a joke told earlier in the routine. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The callback that I've been using at the end of my set is really killing.
See also: back, call

call someone or something back

to call out that someone or something should come back. As she left, the clerk called her back. The clerk called back the customer.
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call someone back

 
1. to call someone again on the telephone. Since she is not there, I will call her back in half an hour. Carl called back Mary after his meeting was over.
2. to return a telephone call to a person who had called earlier. I got his message; I will call him back tomorrow. I have to call back my friend now.
3. Go to call someone or something back.
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call back

 
1. to call [someone] again on the telephone at a later time. Call back later, please. I will call back when you are not so busy.
2. to return a telephone call received earlier. The note says I am to call back. What did you want? This is Bill Wilson calling back.
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call back

1. Ask someone to return; also, ask that something be returned, as in He passed the first audition and was waiting to be called back, or These screws are defective; the manufacturer has called them back. [Late 1500s]
2. call someone back. Telephone someone in return, as in May I call you back next week? [Early 1900s]
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call back

v.
1. To contact, or attempt to contact, someone who has called previously, especially by telephone: When I got home from work, I called back my mother, who had left a message on my answering machine. I left a message asking the manager to call me back as soon as possible. I'll call back tonight when your parents are home.
2. To summon someone back to a previous situation or location: Just as I started walking away, the teacher called me back. The workers who were laid off are hoping that management will call them back as soon as the economy improves.
3. To recall something defective for repair: The company has called back all models of this car built in 2002. After discovering that the toy was unsafe for small children, the company was forced to call it back.
See also: back, call
References in classic literature ?
A little later they were calling back and forth to one another.
This calling back and forth continued for some time, but they were too cautious to come out of their caves and descend to the ground.
ISLAMABAD -- The federal government has give approval to the summary for appointment of new trade officers in different countries after calling back to all trade officers.
According to the sources, the appointment process of new trade officers would be completed till the end of the current year and the process of calling back to already appointed trade officers would likely to start in April.
There are conflicting reports over the claim that calling back on dubious numbers can lead to SIM cloning.
NEW DELHI -- The list of car recalls in India is bulging with German luxury maker BMW calling back over 3,422 units of its 5-series and 6-series models to fix a potential problem with a battery-cable cover.
Last month, Porsche said it was calling back its Cayenne SUVs sold in India (as part of global exercise) to rework headlight locking system.
He said: "At least two departments were taken out by this problem and they just said to keep going or calling back.
The Song of Damage": There is no calling back a bullet.
Republic started calling back shipping department employees Oct.
Tanaka obtained some 59 million yen in February alone by this means, with some people paying 30,000 yen for calling back once, according to the police.
Requests for admissions, for example, are forwarded directly to those with the answers about bed availability, without the delays of call holding and calling back.
Until now, attendants at 9-1-1 public safety answering points responding to calls from a PBX system have had no way of calling back if the call were prematurely ended.