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English definition of “call sb up”

call sb up

verb uk phrasal verb with call   /kɔːl/ us    /kɑːl/

(PHONE)

mainly US to phone someone: My dad called me up to tell me the good news.

(MILITARY)

C2 [M usually passive] to order someone to join a military organization or to ask someone to join an official, especially national, team: He was called up when the war began. Lucie Saint was called up for the final against Brazil.
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