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call off

call off(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to cancel before starting)
a. suspender
The game was called off because of the public transportation strike.El partido se suspendió por la huelga de transportes públicos.
b. cancelar
The meeting was called off because the floods meant nobody could get to the office.Se canceló la reunión porque con las inundaciones nadie podía llegar a la oficina.
c. desconvocar
We have decided to call the strike off so that we can have more talks.Hemos decidido desconvocar la huelga para poder seguir con las negociaciones.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Greg's girlfriend called the wedding off at the last minute.La novia de Greg le dijo en el último momento que no se casaba con él.
There wasn't much interest in the project so we called the whole thing off.No había mucho interés en el proyecto así que decidimos olvidarnos de la idea.
2. (to cancel once started)
a. abandonar
After three days the coastguard called off the search.Después de tres días la guardia costera abandonó la búsqueda.
b. suspender
The rescue operation was called off because of poor weather but we will be back up the mountain first thing tomorrow.La operación de rescate fue suspendida por el mal tiempo pero mañana a primera hora volveremos a subir a la montaña.
c. dar por terminado
We called off our vacation and headed home early.Dimos por terminadas las vacaciones y nos fuimos a casa antes de lo previsto.
d. desconvocar
After three days on strike, the unions reached an agreement and called off the protest.Después de tres días de huelga, los sindicatos negociaron un acuerdo y desconvocaron la protesta.
e. anular
They called off the deal when a better offer came around.Anularon el trato cuando les surgió una mejor oferta.
3. (to withdraw)
a. retirar
When the ceasefire came into effect, both sides called off their fighters.Cuando el alto el fuego entró en vigor, los dos bandos retiraron sus combatientes.
b. llamar para que no ataque
Call your dog off now or I'll call the police!¡Llame a su perro ahora para que no ataque o llamaré a la policía!
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call off
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (cancel)
a. suspender
2. (dogs)
a. hacer retroceder
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call off
transitive verb
1 (cancel) [+meeting, race] cancelar; suspender; [+deal] anular; [+search] abandonar; dar por terminado
the strike was called off se desconvocó la huelga
2 [+dog] llamar para que no ataque; (para que no ataque)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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