Call It Quits

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call it Quits’ 1. To call it quits means to stop doing something; to give up on trying to accomplish something; to abandon a goal in order to not risk further loss. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, … Read more

Call the Shots

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call the Shots’ To call the shots means to be in charge or in control; to make the important decisions; or to have authority. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,3Henry, Jean. How to Play the Game: American English Sports & Games … Read more

Call Someone’s Bluff

Meaning of Idiom ‘Call Someone’s Bluff’ To call someone’s bluff is to make someone do something they threaten to do, in the hopes or assurance that they do not dare, or have the means, to carry out the threat. Usage The ‘someone’ in this idiom is important. Someone else’s bluff is always called. You cannot call … Read more

Call it a Day

Also: Call it a night Meaning of Idiom ‘Call it a Day’ To call it a day means to decide to stop working on something; to end the day’s work and go home; to end something. Usage The expression call it a day can be used to suggest a temporary or a permanent end to something, such as a task … Read more

Call a Spade a Spade, to

To call a spade a spade is a very old expression that has roots in ancient Greek. This idiom is often thought to have racist origins, but, as you will read below, this is not true. Meaning of Idiom ‘Call a Spade a Spade’ To call a spade a spade is to speak plainly and truthfully, even … Read more