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Is 'call out' synonym with 'send for'?
Am I right in this interpretation?
- 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.
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.
Last edited by Raymott; 01-Jul-2010 at 09:52.
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."
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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