calling card

noun

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

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Under law, the government can request information, such as the type of details that might be printed on a phone bill: the date and time of a call or text, a telephone calling card number, the duration of a call and to what phone number it was made. CBS News, "NSA deletion of more than 685 million call records raises questions," 30 June 2018 That dedication to the craft is Singh’s calling card across sports. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Million Dollar Moves: After His Unlikely Baseball Career Flamed Out, Rinku Singh's Next Stop Is WWE," 3 July 2018 Still, Contreras’ right arm may be his calling card forever. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "As Cubs look for first-half surge, can Willson Contreras find his hot streak?," 18 May 2018 For design-minded travelers, the principal calling cards of Mexico City, Lima or São Paulo — Latin America’s megacities, each of them larger than New York — have been their delirious modernist structures. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 Imagine if criminals conveniently left calling cards at crime scenes that helped describe the culprits. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "IUPUI prof develops 'biological witness' test to predict skin, hair & eye color from DNA," 29 May 2018 For years, Khan had made a point of carrying around pocket Constitutions just like it and passing them out to visitors at his Virginia home like calling cards. Louis Bayard, New York Times, "Audiobooks for Summer Trips With the Kids," 28 May 2018 Kindness is the movie’s calling card, and there’s enough irony in the McCain story already. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls’ Review: Live-Action Obituary," 24 May 2018 But Williams’ calling card in two seasons of college ball – and what NBA scouts will find most appealing about his game – is his defensive prowess. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Who are the top NBA prospects in Charlotte this week? Should they be on Hornets’ radar? | Charlotte Observer," 15 Mar. 2018

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1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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calling card

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calling card

: a plastic card that allows a person to charge telephone calls to an account

: 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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