cattle call

noun

Definition of cattle call 

: a mass audition (as of actors)

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By virtue of their names and, um, their entire premise—lining women up in a kind of sequin-coated cattle call—it‘s fair to say that beauty pageants haven‘t historically been the most feminist of endeavors. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Can the Miss America Pageant Be Saved?," 5 June 2018 With former tackle Tyrell Crosby awaiting his NFL draft fate, there's not a senior among the 12 linemen on the spring roster but a cattle call of veteran redshirt juniors. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "Former Oregon Ducks forward Keith Smith transfers to Pepperdine," 11 Apr. 2018 We were excited — in retrospect, naïve is more like it — and never imagined the cattle call that was to unfold over the next 24 hours. Valentina Valentini, Longreads, "A Clarifying Dose of Reality (TV)," 6 Apr. 2018 That September, The Donald canceled a scheduled appearance at a Heritage Action cattle call event in South Carolina. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Freewheeling immigration debate in Senate will test power of conservative outside groups," 12 Feb. 2018 Once again, the Spurs will rely heavily on Aldridge to try and engineer an upset against Golden State’s cattle call of All-Stars. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Back in Oakland, Aldridge aims to just play ball," 9 Feb. 2018 Traditional job fairs can feel a bit like cattle calls. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Forget job fairs. At this free Miami event, you can get hired on the spot.," 30 Jan. 2018 Tuesday morning featured the annual Senior Bowl cattle call, officially known as the National Scouting Weigh-In. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "5 impressions from Tuesday's Reese's Senior Bowl weigh-in," 23 Jan. 2018 On May 16, members of the Democratic Party elite gathered at a Four Seasons in Georgetown for the Center for American Progress’ Ideas Conference, which was widely seen as a cattle call for potential 2020 presidential candidates. Michelle Goldberg, Slate Magazine, "Will We Ever Have a Woman as President?," 31 May 2017

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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cattle call

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cattle call

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

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