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bluff  

[1]  
      vb  
1    to pretend to be confident about an uncertain issue or to have undisclosed resources, in order to influence or deter (someone)  
      n  
2    deliberate deception intended to create the impression of a stronger position or greater resources than one actually has  
3    call someone's bluff          to challenge someone to give proof of his claims  
     (C19: originally US poker-playing term, from Dutch bluffen to boast)  
  bluffer      n  
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call  
      vb  
1    often foll by: out   to speak or utter (words, sounds, etc.) loudly so as to attract attention  
he called out her name     
2    tr   to ask or order to come  
to call a policeman     
3    intr; sometimes foll by: on   to make a visit (to)  
she called on him     
4    often foll by: up   to telephone (a person)  
he called back at nine     
5    tr   to summon to a specific office, profession, etc.  
he was called to the ministry     
6    (of animals or birds) to utter (a characteristic sound or cry)  
7    tr   to summon (a bird or animal) by imitating its cry  
8    tr   to name or style  
they called the dog Rover     
9    tr   to designate  
they called him a coward     
10    tr     (Brit)  
dialect   to speak ill of or scold  
11    tr   to regard in a specific way  
I call it a foolish waste of time     
12    tr   to attract (attention)  
13    tr   to read (a list, register, etc.) aloud to check for omissions or absentees  
14    when tr, usually foll by: for   to give an order (for)  
to call a strike     
15    intr   to try to predict the result of tossing a coin  
16    tr   to awaken  
I was called early this morning     
17    tr   to cause to assemble  
to call a meeting     
18    tr     (Sport)   (of an umpire, referee, etc.) to pass judgment upon (a shot, player, etc.) with a call  
19    tr     (Austral. and N.Z.)   to broadcast a commentary on (a horse race or other sporting event)  
20    tr   to demand repayment of (a loan, redeemable bond, security, etc.)  
21    tr; often foll by: up     (Company accounting)   to demand payment of (a portion of a share issue not yet paid by subscribers)  
22    tr     (Brit)   to award (a student at an Inn of Court) the degree of barrister (esp. in the phrase call to the bar)  
23    tr     (Computing)   to transfer control to (a named subprogram)  
24    tr     (Poker)   to demand that (a player) expose his hand, after equalling his bet  
25    intr     (Bridge)   to make a bid  
26    (in square-dancing) to call out (instructions) to the dancers  
27      (Billiards)   to ask (a player) to say what kind of shot he will play or (of a player) to name his shot  
28    intr; foll by: for  
a    to require  
this problem calls for study     
b    to come or go (for) in order to fetch  
I will call for my book later     
29    intr; foll by: on or upon   to make an appeal or request (to)  
they called upon him to reply     
30    call into being   to create  
31    call into play   to begin to operate  
32    call in or into question      See       question       12  
33    call it a day   to stop work or other activity  
34    call to mind   to remember or cause to be remembered  
      n  
35    a cry or shout  
36    the characteristic cry of a bird or animal  
37    a device, such as a whistle, intended to imitate the cry of a bird or animal  
38    a summons or invitation  
39    a summons or signal sounded on a horn, bugle, etc.  
40      (Hunting)   any of several notes or patterns of notes, blown on a hunting horn as a signal  
41      (Hunting)  
a    an imitation of the characteristic cry of a wild animal or bird to lure it to the hunter  
b    an instrument for producing such an imitation  
42    a short visit  
the doctor made six calls this morning     
43    an inner urge to some task or profession; vocation  
44    allure or fascination, esp. of a place  
the call of the forest     
45      (Brit)   the summons to the bar of a student member of an Inn of Court  
46    need, demand, or occasion  
there is no call to shout, we don't get much call for stockings these days     
47    demand or claim (esp. in the phrase the call of duty)  
48      (Theatre)   a notice to actors informing them of times of rehearsals  
49    (in square dancing) an instruction to execute new figures  
50    a conversation or a request for a connection by telephone  
51      (Commerce)  
a    a demand for repayment of a loan  
b    (as modifier)  
call money     
52      (Finance)  
a    a demand for redeemable bonds or shares to be presented for repayment  
b    a demand for an instalment payment on the issue price of bonds or shares  
53      (Billiards)   a demand to an opponent to say what kind of shot he will play  
54      (Poker)   a demand for a hand or hands to be exposed  
55      (Bridge)   a bid, or a player's turn to bid  
56      (Sport)   a decision of an umpire or referee regarding a shot, pitch, etc.  
57      (Austral)   a broadcast commentary on a horse race or other sporting event  
58      (Also called)    call option     (Stock Exchange)   an option to buy a stated amount of securities at a specified price during a specified period.  
   Compare       put       20  
59       See       roll call  
60    call for margin     (Stock Exchange)   a demand made by a stockbroker for partial payment of a client's debt due to decreasing value of the collateral  
61    call of nature      See       nature       16  
62    on call  
a    (of a loan, etc.) repayable on demand  
b    available to be called for work outside normal working hours  
63    within call   within range; accessible,   (See also)        call down       call forth       call in       call off       call out       call up  
     (Old English ceallian; related to Old Norse kalla, Old High German kallon, Old Slavonic glasu voice)  


bird call  
      n  
1    the characteristic call or song of a bird  
2    an imitation of this  
3    an instrument imitating the call of a bird, used esp. by hunters or bird-catchers  
call alarm  
      n  
a    an electronic device that sends an alarm signal, usually to a distant monitoring centre, when activated by a person in distress, often a handicapped or frail old person living alone  
b    (as modifier)  
a call-alarm system     
call box  
      n   a soundproof enclosure for a public telephone,   (Also called)    telephone box, telephone kiosk  
call down  
      vb   tr, adv   to request or invoke  
to call down God's anger     
call forth  
      vb   tr, adv   to cause (something) to come into action or existence  
she called forth all her courage     
call girl  
      n   a prostitute with whom appointments are made by telephone  
call in  
      vb   adv  
1    intr; often foll by: on   to pay a visit, esp. a brief or informal one  
call in if you are in the neighbourhood     
2    tr   to demand payment of  
to call in a loan     
3    tr   to take (something) out of circulation, because it is defective or no longer useful  
4    tr   to summon to one's assistance  
they had to call in a specialist     
call letters  
      pl n   the call sign of an American or Canadian radio station, esp. that of a commercial broadcasting station  
call loan  
      n   a loan that is repayable on demand,   (Also called)    demand loan      Compare       time loan  
call money  
      n   money loaned by banks and recallable on demand  
call number  
      n   the number given to a book in a library, indicating its shelf location,   (Also called)    call mark  
call off  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to cancel or abandon  
the game was called off because of rain     
2    to order (an animal or person) to desist or summon away  
the man called off his dog     
3    to stop (something) or give the order to stop  
call out  
      vb   adv  
1    to utter aloud, esp. loudly  
2    tr   to summon  
3    tr   to order (workers) to strike  
4    tr   to summon (an employee) to work at a time outside his normal working hours, usually in an emergency  
call rate  
      n   the interest rate on a call loan  
call sign  
      n   a group of letters and numbers identifying a radio transmitting station, esp. an amateur radio station  
   Compare       call letters  
call slip  
      n   a form for requesting a library book by title and call number,   (Also called)    call card, requisition form  
call up  
      vb   adv  
1    to summon to report for active military service, as in time of war  
2    tr   to recall (something); evoke  
his words called up old memories     
3    tr   to bring or summon (people, etc.) into action  
to call up reinforcements     
      n  
  call-up  
4   
a    a general order to report for military service  
b    the number of men so summoned  
close call  
      n      another expression for       close shave  
cold call  
      n   a call made by a salesman on a potential customer without making an appointment  
  cold calling      n  
conference call  
      n   a special telephone facility by which three or more people using conventional or cellular phones can be linked up to speak to one another  
curtain call  
      n   the appearance of performers at the end of a theatrical performance to acknowledge applause  
line call  
      n     (Tennis)   the judgment of the umpire or linesman as to whether the ball has landed in or out of court  
photo call  
      n   a time arranged for photographers, esp. press photographers, to take pictures of a celebrity, the cast of a play, etc., usually for publicity purposes  
port of call  
      n  
1    any port where a ship stops, excluding its home port  
2    any place visited on a traveller's itinerary  
roll call  
      n  
1    the reading aloud of an official list of names, those present responding when their names are read out  
2    the time or signal for such a reading  
toll call  
      n  
1      (Brit)  
obsolete   a short-distance trunk call  
2      (U.S.)   a long-distance telephone call at a rate higher than that for a local call  
3      (N.Z.)   a telephone call beyond a free-dialling area for which a charge is made  
trunk call  
      n     (Chiefly Brit)   a long-distance telephone call  

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call  


      vb  
1    announce, arouse, awaken, cry, cry out, hail, halloo, proclaim, rouse, shout, waken, yell  
2    assemble, bid, collect, contact, convene, convoke, gather, invite, muster, rally, summon  
3    give (someone) a bell     (Brit. slang)   phone, ring up     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   telephone  
4    christen, denominate, describe as, designate, dub, entitle, label, name, style, term  
5    announce, appoint, declare, decree, elect, ordain, order, proclaim, set apart  
6    consider, estimate, judge, regard, think  
      n  
7    cry, hail, scream, shout, signal, whoop, yell  
8    announcement, appeal, command, demand, invitation, notice, order, plea, request, ring     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   summons, supplication, visit  
9    cause, claim, excuse, grounds, justification, need, occasion, reason, right, urge  
  
Antonyms     
,       vb  
1    be quiet, be silent, murmur, mutter, speak softly, whisper  
2 & 5    call off, cancel, dismiss, disperse, excuse, release  
      n  
7    murmur, mutter, whisper  
8    dismissal, release  


call for  
1    demand, entail, involve, necessitate, need, occasion, require, suggest  
2    collect, fetch, pick up, uplift     (Scot.)  
call on  
1    drop in on, look in on, look up, see, visit  
2    appeal to, ask, bid, call upon, entreat, invite, invoke, request, summon, supplicate  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
v.
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
n.
is a sarcastic phrase, actualy point's out someone's pessimism
v.
to lie lazily (in the sun): lizards bask on rocks, people bask on beaches. Also fig: to bask in someone's reflected glory; to bask in media attention.
exp.
expression used when referring to someone's profession, background, social class or life experience
E.g: People from all walks of life will participate to the event
n.
what remains of someone's life in cyber space after his or her death
[Tech.]
exp.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
n.
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
exp.
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
exp.
give a phone call
E.g.: Just give me a ring when you want to go out.
v.
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
n.
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See Medical Regulator Physician
exp.
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
exp.
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
exp.
get seriously involved in a relationship
exp.
what's up
sms like writing, incorrect form in English
exp.
it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
o.
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
[Bus.]
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
exp.
the duck's nuts, the best, the dog's bollocks
exp.
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
When sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
exp.
The duck's nuts, the best, the top.
exp.
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
[Slang];[UK]

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