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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycall off
he/she/itcalls off
present participlecalling off
past tensecalled off
past participlecalled off
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  1. 1
    to decide that something will not happen
    She’s called off the wedding.
    If we have much more rain, the game might be called off.
    1. a.
      to decide to stop something that is already happening
      With the weather worsening, they’ve called off the search for survivors.
  2. 3
    call off the/your dogs informal to stop criticizing or attacking another person
    All right, you win – you can call off the dogs now.
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