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“Call someone out” – What does it mean?

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What does it mean to “call someone out”?

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If you call someone out, it means you bring attention to the person’s bad behavior.

This could be by talking about it publicly, or by confronting the person directly and talking specifically about what they’re doing wrong.

A couple of examples:

  • If a famous religious leader says one thing but does something different, the media might call him out on his hypocrisy by publishing an article drawing attention to it.
  • If one of your relatives is making racist comments, you could call her out by telling her directly that those comments are not acceptable.

Now you know what it means to call someone out. Can you think of your own examples?

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