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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

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
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After that we felt instead of calling us back, we decided to signed the report but I wouldn't know if the labour minister signed or not and eventually the meeting was adjourned.
"We are getting much more detailed information about people who are calling us back to report that their bin's not been collected," she added.
She said: "We are getting much more detailed information about people who are calling us back to report that their bin's not been collected."
That someone will call out, like the passenger on the bus in Walcott's Light of The World to remind us that we left something behind, mister, your cigarettes, while we wish they were calling us back for something more.
The times are calling us back to what I believe is the essential function of the stage.
If He was to hold a "Rally Sunday" to what would He be calling us back? I believe that the renewal and revival of Christ's church is more about the Lord calling us back to His priorities than the church calling us back to its programs.
By calling us back to our founding principles, we in the property rights community hope to introduce ideas like free markets, limited government, individual responsibility and personal choice to the many people who have little or no acquaintance with such things.
In calling us back to a true vision of marriage and sexuality, could Pope John Paul II have possibly intended such a perspective?
``We think quite a few of the anonymous ones are calling us back. ''
Throughout Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday, God is calling us back from anything that separates us from God.
With visions of home calling us back, we packed up the charred coping and pieced together our minds.
For those of us who try with determination to study the doctrines, the dogmas, and the creeds, she has a way of calling us back to the essence of the faith.
Meanwhile, voices of the old order like Callahan's are denouncing freedom and calling us back to lives of solidarity and simplicity.
"Do we hear important voices in the church calling us back to a liturgical theology and practice" that predates the Second Vatican Council, he asked.