call down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v call down censure severely or angrily "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car","The deputy ragged the Prime Minister","The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
    • v call down summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic "raise the specter of unemployment","he conjured wild birds in the air","call down the spirits from the mountain"
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Quotations

  • Walter Lippmann
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    “What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring van loads of information into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind.”
  • Mary Pickford
    Mary Pickford
    “If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.”
  • William Boetcker
    William Boetcker
    “You cannot raise a man up by calling him down.”
  • Mary Pickford
    Mary Pickford
    “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
  • Ying-An
    Ying-An
    “When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back.”

Usage

In literature:

As they passed through the pine forest which was called the King's Wood, the eldest brother sat down under a tree and began to sing a song.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
He'd call the hundreds capital, and if he lost them at last, why he'd put it down as being in the way of trade.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Then, when the time was ripe, Mr. Ellsworth called him down into the field one day for a try at archery.
"Tom Slade at Temple Camp" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
He's going to get called down to-morrow.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The call for lunch found him still studying, but he was hungry, and went down to eat.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
He took me down to the door, called the cab, and shook hands with me warmly.
"The Holladay Case" by Burton E. Stevenson
Isabel called to her; and the old nun came down the steps into the garden.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
They thought it was mean-spirited and vulgar-minded, "low" of Tom Robinson to sit down with such a calling.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Sarah Tytler
Down at the end of the street they saw a man playing a hand-piano, or hurdy-gurdy, as they are called.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home" by Laura Lee Hope
All the way down to the sea he heard the calling of the voice.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
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In poetry:

I shall hear the pheasants call,
And the raucous geese;
Down these ways, another Fall,
I shall walk with Peace.
"Paths" by Dorothy Parker
Soon down into the village came
A call for volunteers;
Mistus gave up Mister Thomas,
With many sighs and tears.
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Deep sighing of the darkness
And choking swallowed tears,
A railway engine's calling
Down from the sixteenth verst.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
To your prisons below,
Down you must go.
In hollow rocks your revels make,
Nor 'till I call your trembling dens forsake.
"Your Awful Voice" by Thomas Shadwell
Then filled with wonder, joy and love,
Peter's request was mine;
Lord, call me down, I long to prove
That I am wholly thine.
"Peter Walking Upon The Water" by John Newton
As they fared up o'er Lammermoor,
They burn'd baith up and down,
Until they came to a darksome house,
Some call it Leader-Town.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang

In news:

If you were walking down the street and saw someone breaking into a store would you call the police.
Petraeus makes right call in stepping down as CIA director.
The clock is ticking down to a March 5 deadline for Nederland Independent School District trustees to call for a bond issue to take advantage of a low-interest loan to increase energy efficiency at schools in the district.
Chapel Hill will appeal a judge's ruling that has blocked the town's effort to crack down on what some call predatory towing.
Emergency medical crews were called Tuesday morning to Dow Chemical plant on Route 12 in Ledyard for reports of a contractor who fell two stories down a flight of stairs.
Sri Lankan taxi drivers stage protest calling for chief justice to step down.
(Don't ever call it fake, because these guys can still beat you down).
Live racing was called off Thursday at famed Churchill Downs after a tornado touched down in the infield and barn area on Wednesday night.
DFL Sen Amy Klobuchar was one of a group of Senate Democrats Wednesday calling on government regulators to clamp down on oil speculators to rein in gas prices.
About 10 days ago, I wrote a column published in the Globe related to tax increment financing issues that called for slowing down before the TIF Commission and elected officials voted to approve or disapprove the matter.
After overwhelming public backlash, an anti-abortion billboard in SoHo that some called racist was set to be taken down Thursday, according to the ad company that rents the space.
GLAAD Calls for CNN Commentator to Step Down Following Controversial Tweet.
Von Miller's obsession with playing "Call of Duty" comes down to one thing: competition.
Manufacturing workers at Xerox's Wilsonville campus have given their union the authority to call a strike after voting down the company's latest contract proposal last Thursday.
A Special Olympics athlete with Down syndrome has shamed conservative pundit Ann Coulter in an open letter after she called President Obama a "retard" this week.
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In science:

It is a so-called left-right asymmetry, since the pions prefer to go left or right of the plane spanned by the beam direction and the transverse spin, depending on whether the transverse spin is up or down and depending on the charge of the pions.
Review of QCD spin physics
The down-going muon flux is generated by using CORSIKA (v6.020) shower generator with QGSJET01 interaction model 16) ; the up-going muons are generated with a program called NUSIM 17) , which allows us to simulate any νµ,e spectrum, the propagation through the Earth and their interactions.
Neutrino Astronomy at the South Pole: Status of the AMANDA Experiment
In addition, one writes down the so called constitutive relations, expressing the fluxes of the conserved quantities (the spatial parts of the conserved currents) in terms of the hydrodynamic degrees of freedom.
Experimental Tests of the Holographic Entropy Bound
The dynamics of the effective string is very simple if we are at ‘weak coupling’: we just get massless bosonic and fermionic modes travelling up and down the effective string (these are called left and right moving modes respectively).
Fuzzballs and the information paradox: a summary and conjectures
Note that this process can also be reversed, a process we call down shifting, so long as all of the resulting subscripts remain non-negative.
A new metric criterion for non-amenability III: Non-amenability of R.Thompson's group F
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