cold call

noun
a visit or telephone call to a prospective customer without an appointment or a previous introduction.

Origin:
1980–85

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cold call
 
n
1.  a call made by a salesman on a potential customer without making an appointment
 
vb
2.  to call on (a potential customer) without making an appointment
 
cold caller
 
n
 
cold calling
 
n

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cold call definition


  1. tv.
    to call a sales prospect from a list of persons one has never met. : Things have to be pretty bad when the senior brokers at a major house have to cold call people to get business.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
We received a cold call from a finance company concerning refinancing.
He made a cold call and ran a tasting with five blood-stained butchers.
Visiting a company's website could result in a cold call.
According to the complaint, the companies engaged in a practice of agreeing not
  to cold call any employee at the other company.
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