cattle call


Definition of cattle call

: a mass audition (as of actors)

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Pretty much every Democratic presidential hopeful will be in Iowa this weekend for some cattle calls and campaigning, per the Des Moines Register., "UAW, GM resume talks amid nationwide auto worker strike: The Flyover," 17 Sep. 2019 Nearly two dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls are descending on the fair for a packed schedule of cattle calls, bus tours and America’s best selection of fried food on sticks. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "Can Anyone Catch Joe Biden?," 9 Aug. 2019 Nineteen presidential candidates traveled to the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention for the state's first cattle call before the 2020 primaries. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "2020 Democratic candidates speak at New Hampshire cattle call," 7 Sep. 2019 During the cattle call, candidates will be given ten-minutes on stage to address the crowd; the time-limit will be strictly enforced. NBC News, "Two different contests are defining the Democratic presidential race," 12 July 2019 June 23, 201912:07 But the whirlwind weekend of nearly all-candidate cattle calls in South Carolina offered a real test for Biden. NBC News, "Biden's soft spots exposed, but Democratic rivals strike only glancing blows," 24 June 2019 The controversy continues to simmer even as some party faithful try to downplay the intra-party sniping ahead of this weekend’s Democratic party cattle call in Columbia, S.C. Kirk Brown, USA TODAY, "Biden's comments on segregationist Senators loom over big weekend for South Carolina Dems," 21 June 2019 This is the first of several cattle calls in the week leading up to the first presidential debate, and the candidates are trying to distinguish themselves and gain support. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats try to stand out ahead of first debate," 17 June 2019 This past weekend Biden opted to skip Iowa Democrats’ annual Hall of Fame Dinner in Cedar Rapids, a cattle call that drew 19 of the 23 major Democratic presidential candidates. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Trump vs. Biden in Iowa: Septuagenarian rivals try to demonstrate vigor in head-to-head stops," 17 Apr. 2019

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cattle call

US, informal : an audition for actors in a movie, television show, etc.

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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