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    I'm on call tonight

    Dear friends and Teachers,

    Waiter: Would you like something to drink, ma'am?
    The woman: Well, I'm on call tonight, so I can't drink.

    - "I'm on call tonight" in this context means "I have to wait for a phone call tonight", correct?

    Thanks a million!

    NamSteven


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    Re: I'm on call tonight

    Being on call is a type of work shift. You are not actually at work, or doing your job, but you could be called in at any time by your employer or a customer.

    It means you could be called into work, or called and instructed to do a job at any time during the on call period.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I'm on call tonight

    I'm surprised. How is her response relevant to drinking? May be she drinks hard!

    I am not a teacher:)

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    Re: I'm on call tonight

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I'm surprised. How is her response relevant to drinking? May be she drinks hard!

    I am not a teacher:)

    If she is called into work she must be sober! Quite often when a person mentions they're "on call" it means he or she is a doctor, and if you're the one needing surgery and they call your doctor in, you certainly don't want him to be tipsy. Plus, if the person gets called in to work, he or she will most likely have to drive to get there. The drunk driving laws in the US are pretty strict; even two glasses of wine might set you over the legal limit, so the person doesn't want to take a chance on getting stopped.

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    Re: I'm on call tonight

    Wow. Thnx:)

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