a call to action

Discussion in 'English Only' started by fh3579, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. fh3579 Senior Member

    Hangzhou,China
    Chinese
    The following sentence is cited from a textbook:
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the results are a call to action.
    How to comprehend "a call to action", if I may ask?
     
  2. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    The results show that action is needed. The results are "calling out" to the concerned people to take necessary action.
     
  3. cyberpedant

    cyberpedant Senior Member

    North Adams, MA
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    "A compelling reason to do something." But I suspect that further context might get you a different answer.
     
  4. fh3579 Senior Member

    Hangzhou,China
    Chinese
    Thanks very much, Barque and cyverpedant.o_O
     

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