cold call

noun

Definition of cold call

: a telephone call soliciting business made directly to a potential customer without prior contact or without a lead

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cold-call verb

Examples of cold call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don’t respond to a cold call out of the blue relating to Medicare, as those aren’t even allowed. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Medicare open enrollment brings out the scam artists: Here’s what to watch out for," 11 Nov. 2019 Fraudsters find their victims across the country through cold calls, door knocking, email, Facebook ads and Craigslist. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Watch out for this Medicare scam involving DNA genetic tests," 3 Aug. 2019 Even in a high-tech age, scams targeting seniors frequently are initiated by cold calls. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How to discuss those taboo money topics at over the holidays," 1 Dec. 2019 The company is based out of Orlando but Gerald cold calls prospective clients from home and reports to his boss Leon Ellman at the company’s Fort Lauderdale location. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Married for 73 years, South Florida man refuses to retire," 27 Nov. 2019 Fraudsters find their victims across the country through cold calls, door knocking, email, Facebook ads and Craigslist. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive.com, "Watch out for this Medicare scam involving DNA genetic tests," 3 Aug. 2019 In May, the Texas State Securities Board issued an emergency cease-and-desist order against Metals.com, alleging that the company was targeting customers between the ages of 65 and 90 with cold calls and scare tactics. Melissa Repko, Dallas News, "Precious metals company to refund more than $10 million to Texas investors in settlement with state," 1 July 2019 Instead of focusing on taproom sales, Greiner and Hahn made cold calls and pounded the pavement to get their beers into restaurants and bars. Andre Meunier, oregonlive.com, "Rosenstadt, Rose City’s wandering star of German-style beers: Portland Breweries Series," 21 Aug. 2019 At a phone bank a week after the first presidential debate, former teacher Beth Gildea spent hours making cold calls to strangers on behalf of Kamala Harris. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "In New Hampshire, 2020 Democrats battle for every voter they can find," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of cold call

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold call was in 1966

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9 Jan 2020

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“Cold call.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cold%20call. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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cold call

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cold call

: a telephone call made by a business to try to sell something

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