call off

call off
verb
1. postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled (Freq. 1)
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Call off the engagement

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cancel the dinner party

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we had to scrub our vacation plans

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scratch that meeting—the chair is ill

Syn: ↑cancel, ↑scratch, ↑scrub
Derivationally related forms: ↑cancellation (for: ↑cancel)
Entailment: ↑schedule
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

2. give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance
Syn: ↑call
Derivationally related forms: ↑caller (for: ↑call)
Entailment: ↑square dance
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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call off [phrasal verb]
1 call off (something) or call (something) off : to stop doing or planning to do (something)

We had to call off [=cancel] our trip.

The police have decided to call the investigation off. [=to stop the investigation]

2 call off (someone or something) or call (someone or something) off : to cause or tell (a person or animal) to stop attacking, chasing, etc.

The dog was barking and growling at me until its owner called it off.

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Main Entry:call

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • call off — (something) to decide not to do something that was planned. Why should I call off the trip when I ve already paid for it? …   New idioms dictionary

  • call off — ► call off cancel (an event or agreement). Main Entry: ↑call …   English terms dictionary

  • call off — [v] discontinue abandon, abort, break off, cancel, desist, drop, kill*, postpone, scrub*, withdraw; concepts 18,211,234 …   New thesaurus

  • call off — index desist, discontinue (abandon), dissolve (terminate), hold up (delay) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • call off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms call off : present tense I/you/we/they call off he/she/it calls off present participle calling off past tense called off past participle called off 1) a) to decide that something will not happen She s called… …   English dictionary

  • call off — verb To recall; to cancel or call a halt to. If you want me to call off the dog, then get off my land …   Wiktionary

  • call off — PHRASAL VERB If you call off an event that has been planned, you cancel it. [V P n (not pron)] He has called off the trip... [V n P] The union threatened a strike but called it off at the last minute …   English dictionary

  • call off — {v.} To stop (something planned); quit; cancel. * /When the ice became soft and sloppy, we had to call off the ice skating party./ * /The baseball game was called off because of rain./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • call off — {v.} To stop (something planned); quit; cancel. * /When the ice became soft and sloppy, we had to call off the ice skating party./ * /The baseball game was called off because of rain./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • call\ off — v To stop (something planned); quit; cancel. When the ice became soft and sloppy, we had to call off the ice skating party. The baseball game was called off because of rain …   Словарь американских идиом

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