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 There’s a dog-friendly patio with stunning views of the Bay — including a shipwreck straight out of central casting. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 4 Mar. 2024 The spate of powerful storms that caused rampant flooding and mudslides this week reminded Southern Californians of the perils that can make this region feel more like something out of catastrophe central than central casting. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 These are available in gloss white or black, or matte black, complementing the available graphics packages that are straight out of central casting for the IMSA Audi 90 GTO. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 6 Feb. 2024 The hero of the title comes straight out of gunslinger central casting: In 1895, Antonio Sonoro is the patriarch of a dusty stretch of land hugged by the Rio Grande on two sides — a mine collapse has caused the river to split biblically around the property. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Olmos said a few weeks ago over lunch at the Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank, a classic old-school joint popular with Industry folk where even the waiters seem straight out of central casting. Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2023 Hurd is, as Republican rival Trump might say, straight out of central casting for a Republican general election candidate. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2023 The search produced Jeff Banister, straight out of central casting, talking with Texas grit and offering up blood-and-guts analogies. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2023 The senior staff appear to be straight out of central casting, Gallic division. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of central casting was in 1941

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“Central casting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20casting. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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