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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.

Additional definitions for 'call off the dogs':

call off the dogsTo ease up on after inflicting great punishment.
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