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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Examples of cold call in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In May, the Texas State Securities Board issued an emergency cease-and-desist order against, 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,, "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 Fraudsters find their victims across the country through cold calls, door knocking, email, Facebook ads and Craigslist. Kaiser Health News,, "Watch out for this Medicare scam involving DNA genetic tests," 3 Aug. 2019 Fraudsters find their victims across the country through cold calls, door knocking, email, Facebook ads and Craigslist. NBC News, "Genetic-testing scam targets seniors and rips off Medicare," 31 July 2019 Probably involves making more cold calls, training more sales people, or improving marketing efforts. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Want to achieve your goals? Here's a 2-step approach," 20 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of cold call

1966, in the meaning defined above

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18 Sep 2019

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The first known use of cold call was in 1966

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cold call


English Language Learners Definition of cold call

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

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