One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Read out a list of names to determine those present.‘a gentleman proceeded to call over the names of the jury’
- ‘Under the new Act for regulating the trial of controverted elections, you will, in the discharge of your duty, call over the names in the alphabetical list of Members.’
- ‘Charles Mansfield, our third lieutenant, came on deck, and called the list over.’
- ‘It has been the practice of the House of Commons, on occasions of sufficient importance, to order that the House be called over at a future day.’
- ‘In calling over the list every name is repeated, although three-fourths or more of the boys, whose names are called over, are present.’
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