One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Order a person or dog to stop attacking someone.‘Gunda pleaded with him to call the dog off’
- ‘He called off the attackers.’
- ‘The government called off helicopters sent to attack the rebel militia, averting a threatened rebel offensive.’
- ‘Its owners were watching my dog attack their horse, while I was trying to call her off.’
- ‘The Italian attack was called off, and it was time to move against France, so I resumed control of my unit and ordered it to Burgundy.’
- ‘She grabbed my throat, but before she could act further, the woman behind her called her off with a harsh, ‘Stop!’’
- ‘The dogs wanted to follow, but Maria called them off.’
- ‘He stood and watched while the dogs attacked and made no attempt to call them off.’
- ‘‘Call your dog off,’ Lucy said calmly.’
- ‘The hounds were called off, regrouped and the oldest hunt in England set off on a new trail.’
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