from/out of central casting

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of from/out of central casting

informal
: having appearance, behavior, or nature that seems to be typical for one's job or position
  • The physics professor looks like he's right out of central casting: his white hair is disheveled, his suit rumpled, and he looks a little lost.

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

central play
  1. : containing or constituting a center

  2. : of primary importance : essential, principal

  3. : situated at, in, or near the center

  1. : a telephone exchange or operator

  2. : a central office or bureau usually controlling others

  3. : a center or hub for a specified activity or group

casting
  1. : something (such as the excrement of an earthworm) that is cast out or off

  2. : the act of one that casts: such as

  3. : the throwing of a fishing line by means of a rod and reel


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