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call off the dogs

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call off the dogs

verb phrase

To relent; ease one's demands •A metaphor from hunting, where a trapped quarry is beset by dogs: Holmgren basically called off the dogs in the third quarter (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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