call off

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call off (third-person singular simple present calls off, present participle calling off, simple past and past participle called off)

  1. (transitive) To recall; to cancel or call a halt to.
    Synonyms: cancel, withcall
    If you want me to call off the dog, then get off my land.
    After four months, the police called off the search for the missing boy.
  2. (intransitive) To telephone in one's notice of a day's absence from work.
    Synonym: call in sick