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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
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According to reports, these racketeers could also clone SIM cards simply when one calls back at that number.
In a latest modus operandi, Indian mobile owners get missed calls from international numbers and out of curiosity, one calls back.
The operator has been witnessing cases wherein people get missed calls from international numbers and when the user calls back they are charged a huge sum for the call.
But Gavin doesn't mind the calls, and even at a pre-dawn hour he usually calls back within minutes.
After noting which animals met often and which were strangers, they played the calls back to 27 families to study the reaction.
When the phone line twice goes dead during the conversation, she calls back immediately.
cities could maintain a relatively inexpensive dial-up Internet access account in the United States that would allow him to make calls back to Europe at a fraction of the usual cost.
When a nonphysician calls back and cannot answer the physician executive's questions, the staff member may sense that he or she is not doing his or her job.
When a user calls in on a modem line, the computer hangs up and calls back at that user's pre-registered telephone number.
Calls destined for the Ameritech territory are routed to Ameritech for termination where the RBOC translates the calls back into circuit switched voice format and completes them over its network.
Terminating gateways then translate the calls back into traditional voice format and complete them over the local telephone network.
Terminating gateways operated by the RBOC then translate the calls back into traditional voice format and complete them over the Bell Atlantic local network.
When the remote caller dials into the network, the system calls back on a pre-determined authorized number, such as the user's home office.
Memorex Telex escalates only two percent of calls back to Shiva and maintains a same day call back policy.
Memorex Telex escalates fewer than two percent of total first-level calls back to Novell and maintains a two hour call back policy.