Definition of calling card in English:

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calling card



1A card bearing a person’s name and address, sent or left in lieu of a formal social or business visit.
Example sentences
  • Sometimes I'll carry around calling cards and casually hand them to people I want to spend more time with.
  • I don't have time to talk right now but I'll leave my calling card.
  • On arrival, each dater will be given calling cards, a badge and a mission to hand out as many cards as possible to those they fancy, and hopefully they'll get some cards back.
1.1An action by which someone or something can be identified: holistic, sustainable design is the calling card of the green architect
More example sentences
  • The sophisticated use of stolen identities is a calling card of all these conspiracies.
  • A woman helpfully explained that only six people at a time were allowed to enter the church, giving rise to the theory that the pockmarks were the calling cards of impatient tourists.
  • We threw out names of authors and film directors like so many calling cards.
2North American A phonecard or telephone charge card: [as modifier]: calling card numbers
More example sentences
  • Workers in the ‘Top Crew of the Month’ were rewarded with telephone calling cards.
  • By tracing his use of a telephone calling card, investigators discovered that he was in the vicinity of virtually every attack immediately before or after it occurred.
  • They will put voice messages from superheroes on 10-minute calling cards.

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