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drawing card

a person who or thing that attracts attention or patrons.
Origin of drawing card
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Because they covet you as a drawing card to disdaining shoppers.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • The piano was the drawing card, and combined with Ranger Winess' large guitar manufactured strange music.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • So Maretzek wanted to wait and put off his new sensation until he really needed it as a drawing card.

    Memoirs of an American Prima Donna Clara Louise Kellogg
  • Lots of people would buy because I was such a morsel of a creature, and I suppose he found me a drawing card.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • Dressed as a live doll and placed on exhibition in the middle of the booth, she would prove a drawing card.

  • The phenomenon, however, whether credited or pooh-poohed, was a drawing card.

    Satan Sanderson

    Hallie Erminie Rives
  • She managed that easily enough, for she was becoming too great a drawing card for managers to curtly override her wishes.

    Big Timber Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • And I want you to feel that we are glad to pay you well, for you are a drawing card for the show.

  • He was a drawing card, a veritable bargain counter or church scandal in his tractile powers.

  • They insisted I was a drawing card and they featured the appearance of a midget on the program.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
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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