call (someone)

call (someone)
Verb. To insult (someone). North-west use

English slang and colloquialisms. 2014.

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  • call someone's bluff — To expose or challenge someone s show of strength, confidence, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑bluff * * * call someone’s bluff phrase to ask someone to do what they are threatening to do because you believe they do not intend to do it, but want to trick… …   Useful english dictionary

  • call (someone's) attention to — call (someone’s) attention to phrase to make someone notice and think about a person or thing a demonstration that was intended to call attention to the plight of endangered species I’d like to call your attention to exhibit A. Thesaurus: to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • call someone names — call (someone) names to use impolite or unpleasant words to describe someone. I was afraid that if I wore glasses to school, the other kids would call me names. It s a good thing he didn t hear me earlier I was calling him all the names under the …   New idioms dictionary

  • call someone to account for something — call someone to account (for something) phrase to say that someone is responsible for something that has gone wrong and expect them to explain it, deal with it, or be punished for it Thesaurus: to punish someonesynonym punishment of being legally …   Useful english dictionary

  • call someone's bluff — call (someone s) bluff to make someone prove that what they are saying is true, or to make someone prove that they will really do what they say they will do, because you do not believe them. Alice called his bluff and dared him to tell everyone… …   New idioms dictionary

  • call someone collect — american phrase to make a phone call that is paid for by the person who receives the call. The British expression is reverse the charges . Thesaurus: using a telephonehyponym Main entry: collect …   Useful english dictionary

  • call someone's bluff — ► call someone s bluff challenge someone to carry out a stated intention, in the expectation of being able to expose it as a pretence. Main Entry: ↑bluff …   English terms dictionary

  • call someone on the carpet — informal severely reprimand someone below one in authority she might have called the accused person on the carpet Origin: from carpet in the sense ‘table covering’, referring to ‘the carpet of the council table,’ before which one would be… …   Useful english dictionary

  • call someone to heel — bring/call/someone to heel phrase to make someone do what you want them to do Thesaurus: to nag or force someone to do somethingsynonym Main entry: heel …   Useful english dictionary

  • call someone's bluff —    If you call someone s bluff, you challenge them to do what they threaten to do (while believing that they will not dare to do it).     After the neighbour s threats to demolish the fence, when Jack decided to call his bluff, there were no more …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • call someone to heel — bring/call (someone) to heel to force someone to obey you. He decided that threatening to sue the publishers was the easiest way of bringing them to heel …   New idioms dictionary

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