Definition of cold-call in English:

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[with object]
Make an unsolicited call on (someone), by telephone or in person, in an attempt to sell goods or services: (as noun cold-calling) severe new regulations against cold-calling
More example sentences
  • The elderly, their families and neighbours have been warned to close the door or hang up the phone on a firm cold-calling customers in South Lakeland and trying to sell fire alarms.
  • Staff from the Stockholm Environment Centre cold-called families picked from the electoral register, then visited those who said they might be interested.
  • Police believe the company is targeting the elderly and vulnerable by offering to do a safety check after cold-calling customers.


(cold call)
An unsolicited visit or telephone call made by someone trying to sell goods or services.
Example sentences
  • In addition, I've had five new comment spams since yesterday evening, countless email spams, a bunch of junk mail and a couple of telephone cold calls.
  • I was in no mood for cold calls to unfriendly strangers who would resent my intrusion into their lives.
  • At other times, making cold calls is certainly not beneath me.

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