from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to summon away; to divert; as, to call off the attention; to call off workmen from their employment.
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Telling I Battalion to call off its assault on Blickheim and attempt merely to pin down the enemy in that area, he diverted its left-flank company group through the gap in the minefield ploughed by Corporal Lyubshin, and told it to widen the penetration of the enemy defence already made by the right-flank company of III Battalion.
The Stareshina, having first shouted to an old woman feeding pigs from a petroleum can to call off the dogs, we entered and were heartily welcomed.
At 4.30 P.M. Churchill was reported to be near the position whence he would attack; and, to call off attention, Major Brent advanced his twelve guns into the field, within seven hundred yards of the enemy's line, and opened fire.
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Even if the 9th Army of the northern pincer had been forced to call off its attack, even if the enemy had forced the 2nd Panzer Army onto the defensive, he — Feldmarschall von Manstein — did not want to break off the battle now, "perhaps just before the decisive success."
Thus it was that the decision to call off the naval attack on the Dardanelles and to initiate a land campaign was made, not by a formal decision of the Cabinet or the War Council, not by the Admiralty or the War Office, but by de Robeck and Hamilton meeting one morning in the wardroom of a battleship 2,000 miles away.
But, lacking positive instructions to call off 4 CMBG's attempt to re-establish the original line, the Commander felt bound to maintain his existing aim.
Maigret wondered whether to call off the inspector who still stood on the pavement opposite 207 bis, waiting to tail Madame Sabin-Levesque.