courtesy call

[ kur-tuh-see kawl ]
/ ˈkɜr tə si ˌkɔl /
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a visit or telephone call made for the sake of politeness or diplomacy: The newly appointed ambassador of Argentina paid a courtesy call on the leader of the opposition today.The delivery team was very professional and made a courtesy call in advance of their arrival.
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Origin of courtesy call

First recorded in 1895–1900
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How to use courtesy call in a sentence

  • Meanwhile, the Chileans, who supported Carstens, went so far as to courtesy-call Lagarde personally to explain their position.

  • The next step was the cutting out of the women; this was effected whilst the baronet-captain was paying his courtesy call on us.

    The Master of Appleby|Francis Lynde
  • Sure, he was all spruced up now, ready to make a polite courtesy call at the big house.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!|Andre Alice Norton
  • An accidental meeting with Phryn had led to a courtesy call—and the inevitable.