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cattle call

noun, Slang.
a theatrical audition that is open to everyone, especially to those who do not belong to a theatrical union.
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • It's a cattle call when they herd half a dozen of you into a hotel room and interview you all at once.
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cattle call


: Nonprofessionals may vie for spaces in ''cattle-call'' auditions

noun phrase

An audition announcement, esp for a number of extras; also the crowd resulting from such an announcement: Mr Allen is having what is known in show business as a cattle call/I can't speak for the other agencies, but we've just about done away with the cattle call (1950s+ Show business)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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