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Call off   /kɔl ɔf/   Listen
Call off

Postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled.  Synonyms: cancel, scratch, scrub.  "Cancel the dinner party" , "We had to scrub our vacation plans" , "Scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"
Give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance.  Synonym: call.

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"Call off" Quotes from Famous Books

... steps out and gets another. Then she screams wery loud, and falls into 'sterics; and he smokes wery comfortably 'till she comes to agin." What better example could there be of pipe-engendered philosophy? When Mr. Pickwick and Sam look in at old Weller's house of call off Cheapside, they find the boxes full of stage coachmen, drinking and smoking, and among them is the old gentleman himself, "smoking with great vehemence." After having given his son valuable parental advice, "Mr. ...
— The Social History of Smoking • G. L. Apperson

... life Mr. Skinner had never seen Cappy Ricks so wrought up. He fled at once to call off the dogs, while Cappy turned to his desk ...
— Cappy Ricks • Peter B. Kyne

... reasons it was decided to call off the attempt to create public opinion against government ownership of elevators and with the letters aimed at the farmers' trading activities being refused publication, the employers of "Observer" had no further work ...
— Deep Furrows • Hopkins Moorhouse

... Hundreds of gallons of dark crudeoil were being poured upon the grass. At least ten bystanders eagerly explained to any who would listen the purpose and value of this maneuver. Petroleum, deadly enemy of all rooted things, would unquestionably kill the weed. They might as well call off all the other silly efforts, for in a day or two, as soon as the oil soaked into the ground, the roots would die, the monster collapse and wither away. I wanted with all my heart to believe in this hope, but when I compared the feeble brown ...
— Greener Than You Think • Ward Moore

... piled up cases and military-looking trunks of outlandish aspect, with R. D. C. in brass nails on their sides. From these we turn with involuntary respect and call off Juba, who has wedged himself behind in pursuit of some imaginary mouse. But in the other corner is what seems to me a child's cradle,—not an English one, evidently; it is of wood, seemingly Spanish ...
— The Caxtons, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... victory!" exclaimed the colonel exultantly. "Our brave lads feel that they're about to triumph! Grant can't break through our line! Why doesn't he call off ...
— The Rock of Chickamauga • Joseph A. Altsheler

... have consulted my legs upon this matter, and they are altogether of opinion, that to carry my gay garments through these sloughs, would be an act of unfriendship to my sovereign person and royal wardrobe; wherefore, Gurth, I advise thee to call off Fangs, and leave the herd to their destiny, which, whether they meet with bands of travelling soldiers, or of outlaws, or of wandering pilgrims, can be little else than to be converted into Normans before morning, to thy no small ease ...
— Ivanhoe - A Romance • Walter Scott

... your damned business ... all I can say is that she is somewhere near here ... and she's sick and hysterical through your persecutions ... and if you don't call off your snooping detectives, by the Lord God, if I run into any of them, I'll try ...
— Tramping on Life - An Autobiographical Narrative • Harry Kemp

... satisfaction of the spectators. At length, when he was almost flayed from his rump to the nape of his neck, Hatchway, who had purposely absented himself hitherto, appeared in the yard, and interposing in his behalf, prevailed upon Trunnion to call off the executioner, and ordered the ...
— The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Volume I • Tobias Smollett

... sir, that you take a cab, call off your spaniel who is scratching at my front door, and proceed to Waterloo to meet ...
— The Hound of the Baskervilles • A. Conan Doyle

... partly requesting and partly commanding Ravana to call off some of his imps, who are molesting the sages in Dandakaranya. He ...
— Tales from the Hindu Dramatists • R. N. Dutta

... Covan as before, 'it had been easier for you to call off your dogs than to come here to tell me.' And he stayed where he was till the ...
— The Orange Fairy Book • Various

Words linked to "Call off" :   schedule, square dance

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