margin call

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margin call (plural margin calls)

  1. (finance) Request by a stockbroker or similar for the client to deposit more money in order to cover losses that have built up in open positions held on margin (rather than having been paid for in full).
    2005: If we do issue a margin call, we may give you a limited time to satisfy the call. — TIAA-CREF Brokerage Services [1]