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drawing card

a person who or thing that attracts attention or patrons.
Origin of drawing card
1885-90, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for drawing-card
Historical Examples
  • The theatre was packed nightly, and she was the drawing-card.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • If I am his 'drawing-card,' it was only fair to consult me about publishing the fact.

    Miss Dexie Stanford Eveleth
  • Youll be a sort of drawing-card, as you have quite a reputation in aviation circles.

  • The drawing-card at this hour was a famous Parisian singer of an Elysée café chantant.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
British Dictionary definitions for drawing-card

drawing card

(US & Canadian, theatre) a performer, act, etc, certain to attract a large audience
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Idioms and Phrases with drawing-card

drawing card

A feature or event that attracts a large audience. For example, This Italian tenor is always a good drawing card. Card in this idiom refers to a large poster containing an advertisement for something, often some sort of entertainment. [ Late 1800s ]
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