call away - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] [usually passive]
present tense
I/you/we/theycall away
he/she/itcalls away
present participlecalling away
past tensecalled away
past participlecalled away
  1. call someone away to ask someone to leave a place, usually by telephoning them or sending them a message

    He was called away unexpectedly today, which is why I came to meet you instead.

    be called away to do something:

    The doctor has been called away to deal with an emergency.

See also main entry: call