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According to dictionaries, "call off" means to tell a dog or person chasing and/or attacking another to stop doing such act. But on google, sentences of the following type, in the context off policing searching for a missing person, could be found:
"They called off the searchers."
"They called off the rescuers."
Could it be an error?
But according to definition 2 (the most appropriate definition), the object of "call off" must be doing some attacking or attack-related chasing. Searchers and rescuers don't normally attack or chase a missing person.
What is definition 1 in your dictionary?
According to 5jj's dictionary, the definitions for "call off" are:
1: to decide that something will not happen
1a: to decide to stop something that is already happening
2: to tell an animal or person to stop attacking or chasing someone
3: call off the/your dogs informal to stop criticizing or attacking another person
Which one should I use?
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