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What does call off the dogs mean?


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call off the dogs

Definition

If you call off the dogs, you stop criticizing or attacking someone.

Origin


The dogs referred to in this phrase are hunting dogs. These dogs are often loosed as a form of intimidation. When they finish serving their purpose they are called off and returned to their kennel.

By analogy, the idiom refers to a situation where one is asked to stop behaving aggressively toward someone else.

Example(s)

Please, call off the dogs. I apologize for what I have done.
It is time to call off the dogs; he’s had enough!
The only way to call off the dogs is to apologize and admit you were wrong.

This idiom is in the animals category


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