Definition of call someone up in English:

call someone up

phrasal verb

  • 1North American informal Phone someone.

    ‘I have a list of people to call up in the morning’
    • ‘I called Liv up on the phone, and we agreed to meet down by the lake.’
    • ‘When I can't get my email, I call them up on the phone and they explain exactly what's wrong and when they expect it to be fixed.’
    • ‘I'd found her number in the phone book and called her up on the chance that she'd meet me.’
    • ‘When you call up Customer Care, you just get pathetic responses which won't take you anywhere.’
    • ‘He stalks her, following her to the church where she does volunteer work, and even calls her up anonymously on the telephone.’
    • ‘The phone hasn't stopped ringing with people calling me up to say how wonderful it looks.’
    • ‘He may have even called up Katy to help console him, but that doesn't mean they hooked up.’
    • ‘A pollster selects a random sample of voters, calls them up on the telephone, and asks who the respondent would vote for if the election were being held today.’
    • ‘Sensing the rarity of the animal, Meshram closed the door and immediately called up fire brigade personnel.’
    • ‘I called up Customer Care again and they promised me a free replacement by tomorrow evening.’
    phone, telephone, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make a call to, place a call to, get, reach
    phone, telephone, call, get on the phone to, get someone on the phone, dial, make a call to, place a call to, get, reach
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  • 2Summon someone to serve in the army.

    ‘they have called up more than 20,000 reservists’
    • ‘Only a year later Doug was called up to serve in the Royal Marines, while Betty went on to serve in the Army.’
    • ‘What if there were a reinstatement of the draft and you were called up?’
    • ‘When World War 1 broke out he was called up for the army.’
    • ‘His 19-year-old brother Aidan is also in the army and is currently waiting to see if he is called up to serve in the Gulf.’
    • ‘While fishing, Fred asks the bartender if he will go to war when they call up the old men.’
    • ‘She was a member of the Territorial Army when she was called up to serve in the last conflict.’
    • ‘He was called up for the Army in 1939 and served in France during the war, and later in the Middle East.’
    • ‘Before becoming a teacher he was called up to do National Service and served in Germany.’
    • ‘Then the government started conscription and I was called up.’
    • ‘Chuck receives a letter calling him up to the army and refuses to serve.’
    enlist, recruit, sign up
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    1. 2.1 Select someone to play in a team, especially at a higher level of competition.
      ‘he was called up for the international against Turkey’
      • ‘Though she lost her debut matches, the tennis player hopes she will be called up to play for the senior team in the future.’
      • ‘‘We called him up as the 17th player,’ the team manager said.’
      • ‘He was called up and scored a century on his debut.’
      • ‘If he doesn't make the Olympic team, there's a good chance the Cubs will call him up in September.’
      • ‘Ainsworth is the best of the three, and if he mows down Pacific Coast League hitters, the team will be tempted to call him up.’
      • ‘The worst-case scenario with Crosby is that the organization calls him up anyway, and the Tigers lose lots of games.’
      • ‘Romario knows that if Brazil do not find a consistent goalscorer soon, then the pressure to call him up will mount.’
      • ‘My point is, the Rays aren't afraid to call up their young guys.’
      • ‘After a stint in Hartford, he is called up to the big team.’
      • ‘In all honesty I hope the FO doesn't call up Bryant or Baez next season.’
      select, pick, choose
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