Definition of call-up in US English:



  • An act of summoning someone or of being summoned to serve in the armed forces or on a sports team.

    as modifier ‘my call-up papers’
    • ‘A call-up to the national team, suggested Bonetti, was not beyond him.’
    • ‘The following year saw controversy as teams withdrew and were expelled due to security concerns, national team call-ups and mass punch-ups.’
    • ‘A fiery second baseman, Hairston impressed the team during a brief call-up last season.’
    • ‘In fact, she only found out about the call-up after looking on the website of the sport's governing body.’
    • ‘If not, the team likely will get help in September from minor league call-ups.’
    • ‘The Giants typically make few call-ups, selecting players they believe can help them reach the playoffs.’
    • ‘His form, coupled with some spectacular goals, earned him call-ups to the England squad but then it all went wrong with a serious injury that ended his season early.’
    • ‘If Defoe builds on his superb Spurs debut, a call-up to the Euro 2004 squad may yet materialise.’
    • ‘The increasing frequency of these call-ups has been a challenge for some members who make considerably less pay in the military than in their civilian jobs.’
    • ‘I was never informed that such a call-up would be for only one month, or two, or six, or twelve.’
    • ‘It was a very special time for me at the Valley this time last year because I scored, got the call-up to the England squad and celebrated my birthday as well!’
    • ‘The aim in this case would be to reduce the call-ups of reservists less inclined to volunteer for active duty.’
    • ‘Recent minor league call-ups who could make a difference in your fantasy team's offensive numbers.’
    • ‘‘Service’ means active or inactive duty under federal authority but does not include state call-ups of the Army or Air National Guard.’
    • ‘Now they are brought together as three of the game's hottest players, following call-ups when expectations rivaled zero.’
    • ‘Life with the rich and famous at Monaco came to end with his call-up for National Service.’
    • ‘This week Ajax has already had five national team call-ups for World Cup qualifiers on the African continent.’
    • ‘Youth team goalkeeper David Stockdale is expected to start tonight's game instead of Jon Collinson after his recent call-ups to the first team squad.’
    • ‘Chief among the problems this year has been United's ever changing lineup, a necessity due to key injuries and frequent national team call-ups.’
    • ‘They overcome injuries with call-ups from the AHL and strategies that take advantage of what they have to work with at the moment.’