Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

call out

call out
Meaning(s)
1) speak loudly in order to get someone's attention
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • call out to me if you need a hand
  • Analysis

    'Call out' is a phrasal verb that is used in both professional and social contexts. Usually, 'calling out' to someone means to make a visit to their home. This is where we get the noun 'a call-out'. If you are 'calling out' to someone, you could be asking for help in some way. In more modern colloquial language, to 'call someone out' means to criticize them publicly for their wrongdoings. You can also 'call out' for food, for example, meaning to ring or order for food to be delivered to your home or office.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When I saw Jack on the other side of the street I called out to him, but he didn't hear me. There was just too much noise.
    2. I'm too tired to cook this evening I think I'll call out and order some Chinese.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Sandra told her students to stop calling out when they want her attention and that they should raise their hand instead.
    2. I've shown you the ropes as best I can, but if you have any further issues just call out to me and I'll come over to give you a hand.
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