call up

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call up (plural call ups)

  1. An order to report for military service.



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

  1. To retrieve from personal or computer memory.
    • 2017 July 27, Tony Leondis, “The Emoji Movie is Inside Out crossed with a Sony commercial and dunked in toxic ooze”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      The Emoji Movie takes place in “Textopolis,” where emojis maintain their assigned expression with no deviation, waiting to be called up for their on-screen appearance as needed.
  2. (idiomatic) To call on the telephone.
  3. To select e.g. to a sports squad.
    • Dean Ashton was called up to the England squad for the first time.



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