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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 the second call, environmental health stated to me that if I witness this toxic smell again, to ring them back and they might, and I state might, send someone out to investigate.
My good councillor friend tells me they do not know anybody who writes to the police these days, as there is a special number to ring, you leave a message, then ring them back later, later, later, and you get a verbal answer.
I know they're on tour at the minute and I was trying to ring them back to thank them.
If they're from a chatty friend, say you're sorry, you're expecting business calls any minute and will have to ring them back or you'll lose custom.
Easy to get in and out and more intimate and much closer to the Daily Post's office p Cheapskates who give you one ring on your mobile so you ring them back and pay for the call.
What people want is their problem solved first time, even it that means, if the right person isn't in that day, being told their call is logged and someone will ring them back tomorrow, rather than next week, or never."
Then you know what's involved before you say you'll ring them back and let them know.
Cllr Steve Goldswain, Redcar and Cleveland Council Cabinet member for community protection, said: "A genuine firm will not mind if you end the call and ring them back after making checks."
If people ring asking for details, say you are busy and will ring them back."