Verbally abuse someone, use offensive epithets, as in The teacher told the children to stop calling names. This idiom was first recorded in the late 1600s but Shakespeare used a similar expression earlier in Richard III (1:3): “That thou hadst called me all these bitter names.”
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Note: UNICOR uses its inmates for everything from call center operators to human demolishers of old computers.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the Mexico that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and most major U.S. corporations, are eager to call amigo.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Yazbek says no one takes names, and no one checks for weapons or other contraband.
Al Qaeda has never managed to carve out a large chunk of real estate to call its own—in Afghanistan it was a guest of the Taliban.
Who else would see a former spouse accused of underage sex and call him ‘the greatest man there is’?
Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Everything is topsy-turvy in Europe according to our moral ideas, and they don't have what we call "men" over here.
It was like his beautiful courtesy to call me in and introduce me to Blow instead of letting me go away.
After an hour, however, he reached this decision: He would not go to or call up Mrs. Merley.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
"I call you," the policeman said, and stripping the saddle and bridle from his sweaty horse, turned him loose to graze.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair