call off the dogs
call off the dogs (third-person singular simple present calls off the dogs, present participle calling off the dogs, simple past and past participle called off the dogs)
Last modified on 8 May 2012, at 22:28
- (idiomatic) To ease up on after inflicting great punishment.
- (sports, idiomatic) During a one-sided sports contest, to remove the first-string unit of a team from the game after dominating the opponent.
- Doing the opponents an obvious favor, the football coach decided to call off the dogs early after his team was up 56-0.