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call someone up

Definition of call someone up in English:

1 informal , chiefly North American Phone someone: I have a list of people to call up in the morning
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  • He may have even called up Katy to help console him, but that doesn't mean they hooked up.
  • I called up Customer Care again and they promised me a free replacement by tomorrow evening.
  • Sensing the rarity of the animal, Meshram closed the door and immediately called up fire brigade personnel.
2Summon someone to serve in the army: they have called up more than 20,000 reservists
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  • While fishing, Fred asks the bartender if he will go to war when they call up the old men.
  • She was a member of the Territorial Army when she was called up to serve in the last conflict.
  • He was called up for the Army in 1939 and served in France during the war, and later in the Middle East.
enlist, recruit, conscript;
2.1Select someone to play on a team, especially at a higher level of competition: he was called up from Columbus to finish the season with the Yankees
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  • My point is, the Rays aren't afraid to call up their young guys.
  • In all honesty I hope the FO doesn't call up Bryant or Baez next season.
  • The worst-case scenario with Crosby is that the organization calls him up anyway, and the Tigers lose lots of games.
select, pick, choose
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