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In a classroom, to select a student.

He sat there, baffled, hoping nobody would call on him.

Additional definitions for 'call on':

call onTo visit somebody; to pay a call.
call onTo request or ask of somebody; to select for a task.
call onTo correct; to point out an error or untruth.
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