[Vocabulary] call out

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jiamajia

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ALBANY -- A special investigator called out Gov. Paterson yesterday for allegedly lying about his efforts to score free World Series tickets -- and, in an unprecedented action against a modern governor, asked a prosecutor to consider criminal perjury charges against him.


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How do we interpret the phrase 'call out' here? Thank you.
 

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It's not just saying his name in public. To be "called out" is to be accused of wrongdoing, or to be asked to explain your behavior.

In this case the Governor is being accused of lying and the prosecutor is making this accusation public in expectation that the Governor will provide some sort of explanation.
 

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It's not just saying his name in public. To be "called out" is to be accused of wrongdoing, or to be asked to explain your behavior.

In this case the Governor is being accused of lying and the prosecutor is making this accusation public in expectation that the Governor will provide some sort of explanation.


To call out someone for something: to publicly accuse someone of something and expect the accused to address the matter

Am I understanding the phrase correctly?
 

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To call out someone for something: to publicly accuse someone of something and expect the accused to address the matter

Am I understanding the phrase correctly?
Yes, that's right.
 

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Yes, though in the example, the investigator is looking to the prosecutor and not to governor for the solution. It can just be the act of exposing or accusing someone IMO.
 
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