Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(call/send) in the cavalry

call in the cavalrysend in the cavalry
Meaning(s)
1) request backup or a special team to manage/solve a problem
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • time to call in the cavalry
  • Analysis
    A 'cavalry' is an army unit on horseback. To 'send in the cavalry' means to send in backup or request specific assistance in a matter or situation. This expression is used in social or professional contexts, usually in a crisis. Similar expressions include 'call in backup' or 'send in the troops'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The problem has grown so large that it's only a matter of time before they send in the cavalry to fix it.
    2. We are struggling to get everything done, it might be time to call in the cavalry.
    3. There's no need to call in the cavalry every time something goes wrong. It's time you learned to manage things by yourself.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It's time to call in the cavalry. We're getting nowhere with these negotiations.
    2. We need to learn to send in the cavalry earlier when things start to go wrong. That way we can prevent expensive problems.
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