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cold call

noun
1.
a visit or telephone call to a prospective customer without an appointment or a previous introduction.
Origin
1980-1985
1980-85
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Examples for cold call
  • 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.
  • The law prohibits a recorded sales pitch in a cold call.
  • Must be able to cold call, negotiate rates and set up new customers, and follow up with established customer base.
  • Note: if you are a vendor thinking of doing cold call to try to sell me something, please don't do it.
  • Talk to a friend, relative or financial advisor before you respond to a cold call.
  • Once an examiner has obtained the second chart a cold call is to be obtained.
  • Be extremely wary if a so-called relief organization contacts you with a cold call or e-mail.
British Dictionary definitions for cold call

cold call

noun
1.
a call made by a salesman on a potential customer without making an appointment
verb
2.
to call on (a potential customer) without making an appointment
Derived Forms
cold caller, noun
cold calling, noun
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