send for

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send for

  1. Summon someone, request that someone come, as in She sent for all the children when their father lay dying. [Late 1500s]

  2. Order a delivery of something, as in The king sent for a bottle of wine. Also see send away, def. 2; send out, def. 2.

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