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central casting

noun, Movies.
an agency, studio department, etc., responsible for hiring actors, especially bit players or extras.
Origin of central casting
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for central casting
  • Their adversaries are grotesque or effeminate boilerplate scoundrels right out of central casting.
  • Because people that interesting can't be called up from central casting.
  • These teenagers are not central casting's idea of computer nerds.
  • There is a sense of central casting about the people in the courtroom.
  • He's got the sort of grandstanding persona right out of central casting.
  • The connectors may be either a one piece casting or a central casting with soldered on tube connectors.
  • The kids turn out to be angels, straight from central casting.
Slang definitions & phrases for central casting

Central Casting

noun phrase

The putative office whence ideal and stereotypical persons, products, recipes, etc, come: He is a white, male, married Protestant, middle to upper class, with children and dogs. He comes straight out of Central Casting/ This is salsa from Central Casting

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straight from central casting

[1980s+; fr the Hollywood office that provides actors for film producers]

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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