call off


verb (tr, adverb)

to cancel or abandonthe game was called off because of rain
to order (an animal or person) to desist or summon awaythe man called off his dog
to stop (something) or give the order to stop

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Idioms and Phrases with call off

call off

1

Summon away, restrain, as in Please call off your dog. [Early 1600s]

2

Cancel some plan or undertaking, as in She decided to call off their engagement, or In case of rain the picnic will be called off. [Late 1800s]

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