Where does the phrase “call off the dogs” originate and What does it mean?

The phrase “call off the dogs” means: Cease some objectionable line of conduct, procedure, conversation, inquiry, or the like; break off an unprofitable or disagreeable course.

The analogy is that of the chase, in which dogs following a wrong scent are called off.

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