central casting

noun

Definition of central casting

: the department of a movie studio responsible for casting actors especially viewed as a source of people who are stereotypical of their role in appearance, behavior, or nature a politician right out of central casting

Examples of central casting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fraser, 54, comes to the role of CEO armed with a resume straight out of Wall Street central casting. Allison Morrow, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 Rhodes was an easy sell for right-wing audiences - a compelling speaker with a look straight out of central casting. Hannah Allam, Spencer S. Hsu, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2021 Their pitch is polished, their look and demeanor straight out of central casting. Randall Lane, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 In the central casting of the Trump era, someone has to play the evil genius on Capitol Hill—and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is too bland for the role. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 In the central casting of the Trump era, someone has to play the evil genius on Capitol Hill—and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy is too bland for the role. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 As for the surrounding environs, well—it’s a maritime-themed place straight out of central casting. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 16 July 2021 The terrorists seem hired from central casting, as does Jiang Lijun, a Chinese spy whose job is to represent Bond-movie stereotypes about inscrutability and arrogance. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 8 June 2021 With his Jersey accent, Rosa might have come from central casting for an old black-and-white Hollywood movie to head up a shadowy bureau. CNN, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of central casting

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Central casting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20casting. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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central casting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of central casting

: the department at a movie company that chooses which actor will play each part

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