a person who or thing that attracts attention or patrons.
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How to use drawing card in a sentence
It took a long time to teach him what tricks he knows, and he's always been a big drawing card to my show.Chums of the Camp Fire | Lawrence J. Leslie
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
They insisted I was a drawing card and they featured the appearance of a midget on the program.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
Without following it, it may be said that it was a solid drawing card for two years without a sign of abated popularity.Strictly Business | O. Henry
I've heard that he has been known to come at peep of day when there's a Paderewski or a Melba for a drawing card.Miss Billy's Decision | Eleanor H. Porter
British Dictionary definitions for drawing card
US and Canadian theatre a performer, act, etc, certain to attract a large audience
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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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