One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(of a person) able to be contacted in order to provide a professional service if necessary, but not formally on duty.‘your local GP may be on call round the clock’
on duty, on standby, standing by, ready, availableView synonyms
- ‘Top marks also to all who remained on duty, or on call, over the festive period.’
- ‘Generally, these caregivers work year round with no vacation and are on call 24 hours a day.’
- ‘You have to get up in the middle of the night if you're on call.’
- ‘The physicians can work fewer hours, both in the office and on call, and as they are able to delegate many tasks they can provide better services.’
- ‘I am on call today and went in to do my ward round earlier.’
- ‘If you work in a global organization, you might be on call 24 hours a day for troubleshooting or consulting.’
- ‘The team is on call 24 hours-a-day, and is trained in resuscitation techniques and how to use live-saving defibrillators.’
- ‘If she is not on duty, she is on call so that she can respond around the clock to patients' needs.’
- ‘If a physical exam is to be done the physician on call will be contacted.’
- ‘There is an emergency ski patrol service on call 24 hours a day.’
2(of money lent) repayable on demand.
- ‘High cost options such as recalling the loan and converting a term loan to an on-call loan are less preferred choices.’
- ‘Keep your loan on call and simply pay off the 3% minimum each month.’
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