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Where does the expression 'make the call' come from?

We have the evidence but it's up to the jury to make the call.

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My guess (which I can't confirm) is that this is another idiom taken from baseball, a reference to the umpire making the call (often connoting a difficult choice between two things), for example whether it's a ball or a strike. – medica Dec 30 '13 at 6:56
Why then does the umpire use the expression make a call? Why call? – Joshua Robison Dec 31 '13 at 1:30

call decision

a) [countable]: the decision made by a referee in a sports game

make a good/bad call

There may have been a few bad calls, but they're making them for a reason.

b) [singular] (informal): a decision

Don't just say what you think I would like. It's your call.


I think usage (b) derived from usage (a)


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My first thought was that it came from sports but then I wondered why the word call was used. Call must have originally come from a phone call that needed to be made or a shout and then it began to be used in sports. That's my hypothesis anyways. – Joshua Robison Dec 30 '13 at 14:26
Probably when the referees make decision, they CALL the players to be in front of them?? – sotondolphin Dec 30 '13 at 14:29

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