casting couch

[ kas-ting kouch, kah-sting ]

  1. a couch in the office of a casting director, supposedly used with actors or actresses who are promised roles in exchange for sexual favors.

  2. the supposed practice of casting actors or actresses in exchange for sexual favors: young women who have suffered the casting couch.

Origin of casting couch

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use casting couch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for casting couch

casting couch

  1. informal a couch on which a casting director is said to seduce women seeking a part in a film or play

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