Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

call (a) time (on/-out)

call time oncall a time-out
Meaning(s)
1) bring something to an end, take a short break from something
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    • call time on a career/relationship
  • Analysis

    time out can refer to a rest or break from work or study or a break in play in sport or a game. To call a time out means to initiate a rest or a break. To 'call time' on something means to end something or to decide it is 'time up' or not to spend any more time on it.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The footballer called time on his playing career after being unable to recover from his latest injury.
    2. Look guys, I'm calling a time-out, I need to go and get a drink. We can pick the game up again in a few minutes.
    3. David and Catherine have been arguing a lot recently, which is one of the reasons he wants to call time on their relationship.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. This meeting has been dragging on for a while, so let's call a time-out so we can freshen up and stretch our legs, then meet back here in 15 minutes.
    2. The discussion got so heated in the board room that I had to call a time out on the whole meeting.
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