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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
  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. 2
    to tell an animal or person to stop attacking or chasing someone

    I yelled to the man to call off his dog.

  3. 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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