calling card


Definition of calling card

2 : a sign or evidence that someone or something is or has been present broadly : an identifying mark
3 : a card displaying a number that can be used to charge telephone calls to a single account regardless of where the calls are placed

Examples of calling card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patricia’s 12-27-1 record (.313 winning percentage) is the worst by a Lions coach since Rod Marinelli, and his team’s defense — supposedly his calling card as a coach — remains one of the worst in the league. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Matthew Stafford's brutal week beat him and Detroit Lions, even before Vikings did," 9 Nov. 2020 Freeman's defense has developed into one of the best in college football and has become the calling card of Fickell's tenure as head coach. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Marcus Freeman: The man behind No. 6 Cincinnati Bearcats football's magic," 7 Nov. 2020 Inconsistency on offense has been the calling card this season. Edgar Thompson,, "A view from the Georgia Bulldogs sideline," 6 Nov. 2020 There was a healthy dose of soft zone, Saban said, which meant more of the short passes were available than the deep balls that had become his calling card. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Why Alabama passing game started slow, blew things open in win over Mississippi State," 1 Nov. 2020 Their expertise in earlier periods is precisely their calling card. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Apollo’s Fire rises to virtual challenge with poignant ‘Resilience’ program," 22 Oct. 2020 In the 1990s and early 2000s, however, teen heatthrobs, from actors to athletes to boy-band members, bravely made the highlighted look their calling card. Todd Plummer, WSJ, "Can Anyone But Brad Pitt and Justin Bieber Make Frosted Tips Look Good?," 30 Oct. 2020 Watchdog journalism has been our calling card since the beginning. Stacy Sullivan, The Arizona Republic, "Then and now: The Arizona Republic helps you make sense of unpredictable times," 19 Oct. 2020 Over the past 19 years, Berninger’s theatrics have become a staple of the band’s live show, much the same way his emotionally wrought lyrics and hypnotic baritone have become a calling card for their music. Aly Comingore,, "Voice Notes: How Matt Berninger developed his brooding baritone," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of calling card

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Nov 2020

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“Calling card.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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calling card


English Language Learners Definition of calling card

: a plastic card that allows a person to charge telephone calls to an account
old-fashioned : a small card presented when making a formal visit to someone that has the name and sometimes the address of the visitor

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