Definition of call someone/something down in English:

call someone/something down

phrasal verb

  • 1Cause or provoke someone or something to appear or occur.

    ‘nothing called down the wrath of Nemesis quicker’
    • ‘The murder of a stranger who entered somebody's house for shelter would call down the anger of the gods.’
    • ‘The best architects have always understood that we can call down divine fire, focus community, make a place for home.’
    • ‘His Religion within the Boundaries of Pure Reason (1793) called down on him the censure of the government.’
    • ‘All I can think about is what a failure I am and that I am disobeying God and calling his wrath down on me.’
    • ‘It was a way of calling down the judgment of God if the words spoken were false.’
    • ‘In some cases, you'll find yourself in the midst of a pitched battle from which you can call down any number of WMDs.’
    • ‘The poems were gathered together in a volume called The British Album, and they were deemed disturbing enough to call down several satirical attacks.’
    • ‘For many of the villagers, if Allah can be called down into the human world, so can the spirits of the dead.’
  • 2dated Reprimand someone.

    ‘he called down Clarence Drum about being so high and mighty’
    • ‘Who do these holier-than-thou types think they are, calling me down?’
    • ‘They sat down and everyone started asking Katrina what she was called down for.’
    • ‘When Joyce gets paranoid about his talent as a writer, he takes it out on Nora, throwing her past in her face and calling her down for being married before.’
    • ‘She was a good student, and she couldn't figure out why she was called down.’
    • ‘When she got carried away and started to show genuine anger and aggression, the Captain called her down.’
    reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, haul over the coals, lecture, criticize, censure
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