call down

verb

called down; calling down; calls down

transitive verb

1
: to cause or entreat to descend
call down a blessing
2
: reprimand
called me down for being late

Examples of call down in a Sentence

I was called down by my supervisor for not catching the accounting error sooner.
Recent Examples on the Web Dennis called down to a Detroit police officer on the street. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2024 There were other questionable calls down the stretch in that one. Howard Fendrich, USA TODAY, 6 Feb. 2024 The last-two minute report from Monday’s 128-125 loss to Charlotte revealed 10 missed calls down the stretch, per the NBA. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 25 Jan. 2024 As the police amassed, a young person of about 20, bundled in warm clothing and locked to an excavator, called down to the crowd. Katie Myers, WIRED, 20 Jan. 2024 The complaint says the teen began to cry, and Tyler later called down to the hotel lobby to ask her to come up to his room. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 Boy Meets World's Danielle Fishel Felt Like an 'Object' to 'Creepy' Executive with Her Photos in His Bedroom Jacobs then proceeded to deliver his notes to everyone else before calling down Fishel's mother from the studio audience to join her at a table on set. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2023 Those Afghan officials could then credibly threaten to call down a U.S. raid or an airstrike on anyone who got out of line. Sarah Chayes, Foreign Affairs, 3 Sep. 2021 There were extensive gardens, a nine-hole putting green and a unique intercom system that allowed residents to dial two digits to call down for maids, sitters and caterers. Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of call down was in 1579

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“Call down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/call%20down. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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