beck and call » beckon call

Classification: English – and «» in/en – idiom-related

Spotted in the wild:

  • Lying in her bed, she could have the doctors and nurses at her beckon call, either by pressing a button or feigning an outrageous symptom that warranted further attention. (Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Feb. 21, 2003)
  • Religion majors: “You know King Solomon had hundreds of women at his beckon call. Would you like to be my 236th?” (Pacific Union College Campus Chronicle, Nov. 13, 2003)
  • In fact the very day before the attacks, on September 10th, Attorney General John Ashcroft, at the beckon call of Bush, denied the request for money. (Susquehanna University Crusader, Apr. 23, 2004)

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See also beckoned call and beacon call.

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/07/17 |

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