to call off

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - call off

"to call off"

to cancel something that was planned


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - call off

"to call off"

to summon away or restrain


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - call off

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Hey! What did I miss? Everyone seems so happy.

Colleague 2:  The boss has called off the Friday afternoon staff meeting.

Colleague 1:  What a relief.  I really don't like those meetings. It'll be nice not to have one.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - call off

Two neighbors are talking ...

Neighbor 1:  Come over for a visit and we can talk about our shared fence.

Neighbor 2:  I am a little afraid of your dog. Could you call him off, please?

Neighbor 1:  Sure. No problem. Fido! Down! Go lie down!

Neighbor 2:  Thanks.

to call off - Usage:


to call off - Gerund Form:

Calling off the Monday morning staff meeting, he rescheduled it for Tuesday.

Calling off your dog when it is attacking someone is not always easy.

to call off - Examples:

1)  The 55-day-old lockout has already caused the league to call off 327 regular-season games, including the New Year's Day Winter Classic in Michigan.

2)  When Miranda threatens to call off the deal, Barbara admits that she was with Perkins and Santo.

3)  A want of supplies and manpower obliged the Germans to call off the offensive.

4)  Bobby texts to say he has a cold so we have to call off their visit.

5)  ... and said the wedding should be called off because he was no longer sure he loved me.

6)  I told him that I would never forgive him and called off the wedding.

7)  The next afternoon, work on the new barracks was called off because of rain.

8)  ... orchestra board has refused further negotiations with the players. All concerts have been called off through the holiday season.

9)  A search was called off because of bad weather.

10)  ... having several football-related riots and at one point due to the calling off a match due to fans injuring players on the field.

11)  ... because the notoriously mercurial novelist had piqued their pride earlier in the day by calling off a press conference and even refusing to give a brief introduction to his film.

12)  ... her management team released a statement calling off the tour indefinitely and saying Amy was "withdrawing from all scheduled performances".

13)  Instead of calling off the relationship, he swallows his doubt and decides that maybe this is just the ...

14)  Irene began drenching Western Massachusetts some 24 hours later, with the BSO calling off its season-closing performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the first such cancellation in 75 ...

15)  He even calls off his plans to tour Spain as he expects the worse after his experience of that ...

16)  We demand of the Provisional IRA that it calls off its military campaign.

17)  The squire is among them, and in his fury he calls off the hunt.

18)  What would you do if your fiancée calls off your wedding three days to the day?

19)  ... even be seriously considered for parole until he faces up to his crime, calls off his lapdogs who have repeatedly libeled and slandered both the victim and his family, ...

20)  Kristen's freak fans can call off the blood hounds now after all the vicious attacks today.