call-out

[ kawl-out ]
/ ˈkɔlˌaʊt /

noun

an act or instance of calling out.
an order to report for emergency or special work, especially at an unusual time or place.
a letter, number, or other device for identifying or calling attention to a particular part of an illustration.
a challenge to a duel.

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Origin of call-out

First recorded in 1885–90; noun use of verb phrase call out
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British Dictionary definitions for call-out

call out

verb (adverb)

to utter aloud, esp loudly
(tr) to summon
(tr) to order (workers) to strike
(tr) to summon (an employee) to work at a time outside his normal working hours, usually in an emergency
(tr) to challenge to a duel
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Idioms and Phrases with call-out

call out

1

Summon into action or service, as in The governor called out the militia. [Mid-1400s]

2

Challenge to a fight, as in To avenge the insult, Arthur called him out. This term originated with dueling and is dying out. [Early 1800s]

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