Definition of call someone up in English:

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call someone up

1 informal, chiefly North American Phone someone: I have a list of people to call up in the morning
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  • He stalks her, following her to the church where she does volunteer work, and even calls her up anonymously on the telephone.
  • A pollster selects a random sample of voters, calls them up on the telephone, and asks who the respondent would vote for if the election were being held today.
  • When I can't get my email, I call them up on the phone and they explain exactly what's wrong and when they expect it to be fixed.
2Summon someone to serve in the army: they have called up more than 20,000 reservists
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  • 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.
  • His 19-year-old brother Aidan is also in the army and is currently waiting to see if he is called up to serve in the Gulf.
Synonyms
enlist, recruit, conscript;
draft
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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  • After a stint in Hartford, he is called up to the big team.
  • Though she lost her debut matches, the tennis player hopes she will be called up to play for the senior team in the future.
  • ‘We called him up as the 17th player,’ the team manager said.
Synonyms
select, pick, choose
See parent entry: call
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