Meaning of “call sth off” in the English Dictionary

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"call sth off" in British English

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call sth off

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

B2 to decide that a planned event, especially a sports event, will not happen, or to end an activity because it is no longer useful or possible:

Tomorrow's match has been called off because of the icy weather.
The police have called off the search for the missing child until dawn tomorrow.

More examples

  • They've called off the wedding.
  • We had to call off the party because of his health.
  • The wedding was planned for June and they've just called the whole thing off.
  • Is it too late to call it off?
  • They've had to call off the match at the last minute.

(Definition of “call sth off” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"call sth off" in Business English

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call sth off

phrasal verb with call uk /kɔːl/ us verb

to decide that something that has already been planned will not happen:

The companies called off their merger plans late Monday citing 'adverse market conditions'.

(Definition of “call sth off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)