to call time

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - call time

"to call time"

to make a decision to end something


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - call time

"to call time (out)"

to make a decision to pause or take a break for a period of time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - call time

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is it going with your boyfriend?

Friend 2:  Not very well. We argue a lot and the relationship just is not fun anymore. I am going to call time on it.

Friend 1:  You are going to end the relationship?

Friend 2:  Yes. It is time to move on.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - call time

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  It is eleven o'clock at night and we have been working really hard all day.

Colleague 2:  I guess we should call time.

Colleague 1:  Good idea. Let's finish for the day and start again tomorrow morning.

Colleague 2:  OK. See you then.

to call time - Usage:


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to call time - Gerund Form:

Calling time when it is late at night and everyone is tired and not working well is a good idea.

Calling time for a short break allows people to refresh themselves.

to call time - Examples:

1)  ... medal winners have both vowed to give back to the sports scene when they eventually call time on their careers, ...

2)  ... after suggesting that he could have ended up blind if Dominic Ingle didn't call time on the bout when he did.

3)  ... decided to call time on the romance because she couldn't cope with having a long-distance relationship.

4)  I felt it was a bit repetitive. I felt it was time to call time on it. 

5)  ... we were ever doing anything that was emotionally damaging to anybody, we'd just call time and take a break.

6)  ... has decided to call time on his career, announcing that he will retire at the end of the ...

7)  ... to call time on their relationship. She filed for divorce in ...

8)  Time for me to call time and hand over to my colleague Amy Remeikis for the next little while.

9)  ... had to call time to get a new glove from the Boston dugout.

10)  ... then decided he wants to call time and spend it with his family.

11)  I think we need to call time on this issue. Enough is enough.

12)  ... the pair has made the mutual decision to call time on their relationship. It was a mutual breakup.

13)  ... however, is not willing to call time on his dreams.

14)  This is a really bad injury but I can overcome it. I won't call time on my career, that's for sure.

15)  The referee can then call time and communicate through ear pieces to determine what the challenge is.

16)  ... more and more women are deciding that it's now time to call time on a marriage that is past its sell-by date.

17)  The demands are such that O'Connor has had to call time on her international soccer career however, for the moment anyway.

18)  ... decided to call time on their relationship, with a source revealing things just "fizzled out".

19)  ... old prejudices banished. We believe that people across Scotland are ready to call time on sectarianism.

20)  ... but has opted to call time on her career at international level and quits as the leading run-scorer in women ...