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    call out

    Dear teachers...

    Is 'call out' synonym with 'send for'?

    • Call him out and have the headsman to kill him.
    • Send for him and have the hitman to put a quick end to his life.
    Am I right in this interpretation?

    Father, did you send for me? (Somebody was sent in to bring me to my father?)
    Father, did you call me out? (My father himself gave me a can't-miss call)

    to call out = send for, evoke, summon, call forth.


    Many thanks

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    Re: call out

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers...

    Is 'call out' synonym with 'send for'?

    • Call him out and have the headsman to kill him.
    • Send for him and have the hitman to put a quick end to his life.

    Am I right in this interpretation?

    Father, did you send for me? (Somebody was sent in to bring me to my father?)
    Father, did you call me out? (My father himself gave me a can't-miss call)

    to call out = send for, evoke, summon, call forth.


    Many thanks
    It's not colloquial where I come from.
    But if someone said, "I can't fix this pipe; it's time to call out the plumber", I'd understand the meaning.
    Last edited by Raymott; 01-Jul-2010 at 09:52.

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    #3

    Re: call out

    Strangely - though it wouldn't fit in the OP's context, although that does involve someone dying - 'call out' used to be synonymous with 'challenge to a duel'. But I've never known that version used - except in historical novels:

    "She wondered whether the noble D'Arcy would call out the dastardly Wickham."

    b

    PS The D'Arcy/Wickham duel didn't happen, but you get the idea.
    Last edited by BobK; 01-Jul-2010 at 15:56.

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    Re: call out

    Their meanings is clear now, Gentlemen. Thank you!

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