call attention to (someone or something)

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call attention to (someone or something)

To draw others' awareness to someone or something. I know you were trying to sneak into the meeting, but you really called attention to yourself when you knocked over that chair. That garish new paint color really calls attention to all the imperfections in the walls.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

call someone's attention to something

 and call something to someone's attention
to bring something to someone's notice; to make someone recognize some fact. May I call your attention to the sign on the door? He called to our attention the notice on the wall.
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call attention to someone or something

to cause someone, including oneself, or something to be noticed or observed. I think he dresses like that simply to call attention to himself.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Jasper, however (who would appear from his conduct to have gained but an imperfect clue to the cause of their late high words), directly calls attention to it.
The typographic stunts call attention to form in the same way oriental calligraphy calls attention to form.
I'd like to add two: 1) His writing calls attention to the people he covers rather than to himself.
Established as a public education campaign by the association in 1960, the event calls attention to the importance of public works in everyday life.
This nationwide event calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open.
Having just finished reading "Comic Strip Calls Attention to Plight of Disabled Veterans" in the November/ December issue of DAV Magazine, I would like for you to know that I do not share your praise of the Doonesbury comic strip or Garry Trudeau.
To conclude, the section "Nostalgia and the Legitimation of American Heritage," calls attention to issues of authenticity in landscapes, from the carriage roads of Acadia National Park, to the supposed birthplaces of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, to the urban environment in and around the Camden Yards sports complex in Baltimore.
The statement also calls attention to the increased interdependence that marks culturally diverse societies.
Again and again, in a variety of subtle ways, Straus calls attention to nature's approaching end.
Lewalski calls attention to Milton's errors in dating his work and to his stubborn refusal to acknowledge the authorship of at least one polemic attack on him.
Press officer Hosein Nosrat said that the case was not "a major story." However, for some dance scholars, it calls attention to the need to explore and publicize issues of human rights as they relate to dance.
This strategy calls attention to what it is that the classroom teacher is doing to better enable students with ADHD to process the material that is being taught.
Focusing attention on the marginalized perspectives of the black women in the text, I reconsider the received image of Bob Jones, the central protagonist, as a "Black Everyman." Illuminating Himes's phallocentric assumptions regarding black women, this perspective calls attention to the erasure of the black female social perspectives in the novel.
Yet Podwil's images operate within a plodding register of animation that calls attention to the tactile qualities of film rather than commenting on painting's long-fraught relationship with still photography.
To be sure, her emphasis on the productive power of female authority calls attention to an element of Elizabethan influence too often under-appreciated.