call up

Idioms & Phrases

call up

  1. Summon to military service, as in He was called up for active duty. [Late 1600s].

  2. Cause to remember, bring to mind, as in These stories call up old times. [c. 1700] Also see call to mind.

  3. Telephone someone, as in I'll call up the theater and find out about tickets. [Late 1800s]

  4. Retrieve data from a computer memory, as in I asked him to call up the last quarter's sales figures. [Second half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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