Definitions starting with C

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call

v. to say or speak, as in the idioms:

call sign [W3 letters identifying a radio transmit­ter; perhaps from naval usage to signal an accident] phr. 1. to signal a disaster. (Crooked)

2. to give an omen of coming doom. (Bleu.)

call your name [Car.] phr. to mention your name: 1940 D' Herald start callin' muh name (Dupuch 49).

call you uncle (etc.) [E Car., Gul. (Roy 1977:68)] phr. to be your nephew (etc.): I gotta call him uncle (Nassau). (Black)

Tags: idiom, phrase, verb, verb phrase

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Last update: 2012-01-08 22:45
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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