casting couch

casting couch
noun Date: 1931 a couch in an entertainment executive's office on which aspiring actresses are reputed to perform sexual acts in exchange for desired roles; broadly the practice of abusing one's power to obtain sexual partners

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  • casting couch — ☆ casting couch n. the practice of demanding sexual favors in return for casting a performer in a film, TV program, etc.: in allusion to the office couch of a casting director …   English World dictionary

  • Casting couch — The casting couch is a euphemism for a sociological phenomenon that involves the trading of sexual favors by an aspirant, apprentice employee, or subordinate to a superior, in return for entry into an occupation, or for other career advancement… …   Wikipedia

  • casting couch — n. a legendary couch found in the offices of casting directors for use in seducing young people by offering them roles. □ They say she got the job on the casting couch. □ They say the director got his job on the casting couch, too …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • casting couch — noun : a couch in an entertainment executive s office on which aspiring actresses are reputed to perform sexual acts in exchange for desired roles ; broadly : the practice of abusing one s power to obtain sexual partners * * * ˈcasting couch 7… …   Useful english dictionary

  • casting couch —   refers to the illegal practice (mostly during the heyday of the studio system) when unknown young actors or actresses (starlets) exchanged sex (literally on an office couch) with a casting director or producer in order to acquire/land a role in …   Glossary of cinematic terms

  • casting couch — /ˈkastɪŋ kaʊtʃ/ (say kahsting kowch) noun Colloquial the couch in a film or stage director s office, supposedly for the seduction of those auditioning; to succeed by means of the casting couch is to gain success in return for sex …   Australian English dictionary

  • casting couch — Facetious. a couch in the office of a casting director, supposedly used with actors or actresses willing to trade sexual favors for roles. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • casting couch — noun informal a couch supposedly used by a film producer who awards parts in return for sexual favours …   English new terms dictionary

  • casting couch — noun a) A sofa on which a jobseeker is expected to perform sexual acts in return for a part in a film or other job. b) The situation as described above …   Wiktionary

  • casting couch, the — casting ,couch, the noun HUMOROUS a situation in which someone agrees to have sex in return for getting a job as an actor: Her rise to stardom owed much to the casting couch …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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