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call back

1. To call (someone or some place) on the telephone again, usually after failing to reach the desired person the first time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "call" and "back." I didn't get an answer, so I'll trying calling back tomorrow. I have to call the passport office back in about an hour because everyone was out to lunch.
2. To return someone's or some organization's telephone call. A noun or pronoun is be used between "call" and "back." I saw I missed a call from my mother, so I need to call her back once we're finished eating. We are unable to answer the telephone right now, so please leave a message with your name and number, and we will call you back as soon as possible.
3. 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.
4. 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.
See also: back, call
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: back, call

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.
See also: back, call

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.
See also: back, call
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: back, call
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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.
Earlier, Pakistan media had reported that it was considering calling back its acting high commissioner to New Delhi Syed Haidar Shah for consultations in the light of the Indian government's move on Kashmir.
A few reports suggested that by calling back on these suspicious international numbers one may have his cellular data compromised.
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.
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.
New Delhi, March 27 -- Just a day after the reports of BMW recalling 120,000 units of 5 and 6 Series sedans in China, it has been reported in The Economic Times that the German luxury maker BMW is reportedly calling back over 3,422 units of its 5-series and 6-series models to fix a potential problem with a battery-cable cover in India.
He said: "At least two departments were taken out by this problem and they just said to keep going or calling back.
When the songs they heard were inspired by predator sightings, for example, the animals waited for at least 2 minutes before calling back. And they loudly repeated the same set of notes.
"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."
PESHAWAR:Complying with Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar's orders pertaining to excessive security measures, provinces have started calling back personnel deployed for the security of non-entitled influential individuals.Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Inspector General of Police (IGP) Salahuddin Mehsud, appearing before the chief justice, informed the court that the provincial police has withdrawn the security protocol of influential individuals under court orders.