call out

call out

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To specify, especially in detail.
    They call out 304 stainless steel in the drawing, but the part was made from aluminum.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To order into service; to summon into service.
    Synonyms: summon
    The Governor called out the National Guard.
    • 1984, Nena, 99 Red Balloons (lyrics written by Kevin McAlea)
      Ninety-nine Decision Street
      Ninety-nine ministers meet
      To worry, worry, super scurry
      Call the troops out in a hurry
  3. (intransitive, transitive) To yell out; to vocalize audibly; announce.
    • 1971, Carole King, “You’ve Got A Friend”, Tapestry, Ode Records
      You just call out my name / And you know wherever I am / I'll come running to see you again.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To challenge, criticize, denounce.
    Synonyms: denounce, point out, charge
    He was very insulting. Finally Jack called him out and shut him up.
    She called them out on their lies.
  5. (intransitive, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut) To contact one's workplace and announce that one is unable to attend work. Regionalism short for call out sick; much more commonly: call in sick.
    • 2012, Earliecia J. Ebron, Regress
      I had to call out from work. […] I barely ate yesterday. The only thing that stayed in my stomach was soup and crackers.
    • 2015, Pearley Rufus-Lusan, The Baby Boomer Nurse
      On this particular day, I felt ill, mostly from exhaustion, and had to call out from work. This callout caused a stir and a display of animosity.
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call out (plural call outs)

  1. Alternative form of callout#English|callout

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