call·​back | \ˈkȯl-ˌbak \

Definition of callback 

1 : a return call

2a : recall sense 5

b : a recall of an employee to work after a layoff

c : a second or additional audition for a theatrical part

Examples of callback in a Sentence

She got constant callbacks from the salesman even after she asked him to stop calling. With the latest callback, the factory will employ 30,000 workers. If he used better materials, he wouldn't have so many callbacks.
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That sort of pop-culture callback (hey, Cyrano de Bergerac was a hit in 1897) shows up all over the history of the romcom. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s totally delightful Set It Up proves just how durable the romcom formula is," 29 June 2018 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have arrived in Fiji for the next leg of their first royal tour together, and their visit is a sweet callback to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's own visit to the country in 1953. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan & Harry's Balcony Moment in Fiji Is Just Like Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip's in 1953," 23 Oct. 2018 Even the game’s crooning theme song is an overt recreation of the iconic Snake Eater theme—itself a callback to early James Bond tunes. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games," 12 July 2018 In a recent study, economists sent about 40,000 invented resumes to employers who’d advertised jobs, then analyzed which applicants got callbacks. Paula Span, New York Times, "He Called Older Employees ‘Dead Wood.’ Two Sued for Age Discrimination.," 6 July 2018 The callbacks to the earlier matches, and the brilliant sequences of counters for counters, had me on the edge of my seat. Dan Gartland,, "The Week in Wrestling: The Young Bucks Bring New Heavyweight Status to ‘All In’," 20 June 2018 The sequel offers a lot of neat callbacks and payoffs but suffers from the same problem as much of its live-action ilk: New colorful heroes join the fray, mostly just to move the plot along rather than offer fun character development. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Fun-loving 'Incredibles 2' is worth the 14-year wait, but falls short of the original," 11 June 2018 In spite of all the in-jokes, callbacks, and payoffs for past setups, though, Infinity War does tell its own story. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How casual MCU fans experienced Avengers: Infinity War," 15 May 2018 And the day before the final callback, my mom passed away. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "ASU alum Nick Cartell returns to Gammage as star of 'Les Miserables'," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of callback

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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