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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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On two occasions last week people received calls purporting to be from their bank, blocking an unauthorised bank transaction and advising the callers to ring him back to confirm the legitimacy of the phone call.
Nigel did much better than that - he asked about the problem, gave me detailed advice about how to solve it and said to ring him back if his advice did not resolve the problem.
"Ring him back and tell him we've signed Elvis Presley.
HEART Fm breakfast presenter Jamie Theakston is still smarting after Dannii Minogue failed to ring him back when he took her out to dinner.
I made a feeble excuse about her having just left, then spent half an hour frantically texting her to ring him back!
It's just a short clip of David telling Victoriato ring him back and that he loves her.'' Damon believes the song will dispel any rumours that the Beckhams' marriage is in trouble.
Republic manager Mick McCarthy even telephoned Celtic midfielder Colin Healy and told him he was calling him into the squad to replace his skipper, but then had to ring him back and tell him Keane was staying after all.
Album producer Damon Dash said yesterday: "It's just a short clip of David telling Victoria to ring him back and also to tell her that he loves her.
I had to ring him back a few hours later and tell him to change his plans but we have placed him formally on standby with FIFA.
"I tried to ring him back to say 'Don't be so silly', but lines were blocked with people sending messages." An inquest has opened.
"I tried to ring him back but the telephone just went to the answerphone so I called the police."