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ring 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 "ring" and "back." I didn't get an answer, so I'll trying ringing back tomorrow. I have to ring 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 "ring" and "back." I saw I missed a call from my mother, so I need to ring 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 ring you back as soon as possible.
See also: back, ring

ring someone back

to call someone back on the telephone. I will have to ring back the store at a later time. Please ring me back when you have a moment.
See also: back, ring

ring back

to call back on the telephone. No, there's no message. I'll ring back later. She's not here now. I suggest you ring back after dinner.
See also: back, ring

ring back

v.
1. To telephone someone who has called previously: The store clerk rang back the customer who had left a message. I listened to the voice mail that my father had left, and then I rang him back.
2. To telephone someone or someplace again: She could tell he was busy, so she told him she would ring him back later. When I called I got the answering machine, so I left a message saying I'd ring back the next day.
See also: back, ring
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While he was upstairs she rang her parents and then hung up - knowing that they would ring her back. They did and she shouted that Richardson was there.
For the first time, I'm afraid to ring her back in case I get another earful.
Today Pat said: "I was frantically trying to ring her back but the phone wouldn't ring out.
The caller then said they would to make the appointment for her and ring her back and they duly rang her back and told her they had made one for later in the week.
I met Sonique and she offered to help me learn, but I was too nervous to ring her back.'
But the phone kept cutting out and ambulance control staff had to ring her back repeatedly to try to find out where she was.