casting couch


: a couch in an entertainment executive's office on which aspiring actresses are reputed to perform sexual acts in exchange for desired roles
broadly : the practice of abusing one's power to obtain sexual partners

Examples of casting couch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The days of the casting couch can never be tolerated, and victims should not be left alone to solve what is a community problem. Anita Hill, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2024 Mike Epps said a casting couch scenario stopped him from portraying Richard Pryor in a biopic. The Indianapolis Star, 8 Mar. 2024 There are no casting couches in her world, no doors being slammed in her face, no roadblocks. Andrea Nevins, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Aug. 2023 Her goal is to change that, and a culture that has historically condoned, or even joked about such behavior in the workplace, be it on the casting couch or elsewhere. Diane Garrett, Variety, 28 Mar. 2023 The casting couch, of course. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2023 What about that casting couch? Maureen Lee Lenker,, 30 Sep. 2022 For 10 days, the jurors on the Harvey Weinstein trial debated issues of consent, morality, the casting couch and power imbalances in Hollywood. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 20 Dec. 2022 The moment, we’re given to understand, represents a dozen others like it, but while the casting couch isn’t news, the drama here is in seeing Marilyn’s special navigation of the toxicity of Hollywood’s harassment-meets-sugar-daddy culture. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 8 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of casting couch was in 1931

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“Casting couch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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