cold call


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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After several cold calls went unreturned, the two parties eventually spoke and, much to the managers' surprise, Klein didn’t entirely dismiss their request to look into the matter. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "A Bitter Sweet Saga: How Richard Ashcroft Lost And Won Back The Songwriting Rights To His Signature Tune," 24 June 2019 Schultz sold Xerox copiers in midtown Manhattan, pounding pavements and making fifty cold calls a day. Ben Fountain, The New York Review of Books, "O Billionaires!," 23 May 2019 In mid-June, Jay Ruby, a campaign aide to Mr. Brill, cold called David Gosar to chat. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Six Siblings of Rep. Paul Gosar Appear in Campaign Ad Against Him," 23 Sep. 2018 Old habits seldom disappear entirely, and perhaps some future twist in technology will revive the traditional cold call. Janelle Nanos,, "Stop answering your phone," 6 Jan. 2018 As for the cold call, hearing ‘no’ a lot does bother me. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: The Cold Call Coach helps salespeople maximize their first impression with prospective customers," 13 July 2018 Just as the intimacy and immediacy of hitchhiking has been supplanted by fear and suspicion, the phone call, particularly the cold call, now sends a chill down the spine. Janelle Nanos,, "Stop answering your phone," 6 Jan. 2018 More than a year of research and dozens of cold calls led her to the one textile factory that would work with such a small, upstart business. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "The Upstart Brand Making Affordable Kids Apparel," 6 Apr. 2018 That forced researchers to comb through social media and make telephone cold calls to search for potential participants. Anchorage Daily News, "Should veterans be allowed to use medical marijuana for PTSD? Trump administration says no.," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cold call

1966, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jul 2019

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The first known use of cold call was in 1966

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English Language Learners Definition of cold call

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

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