what do you call (someone)/it

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what do you call (someone)/it

Used to indicate a person or thing whose name is not known or can't be remembered. "What do you" is often condensed into informal contractions such as "whaddya" or "what d'you," and the phrase is sometimes hyphenated in writing. I heard old what do you call him is back to teaching the course again next week. I ran into whaddya-call-her from next door down at the grocery store this morning. He keeps playing that dang what-d'you-call-it on the computer all day.
See also: call, what




used instead of a name that you cannot remember: She’s just gone out with old what-d’you-call-him.Have you heard from what’s-her-name from the library recently?
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Drawing upon her interest in folklore, she traces the echoes of oral traditions in the early pastorals, the use of village mumming plays in The What-d'Ye-Call-It, and the musical references in the adaptations of popular songs in The Beggar's Opera and Polly.