drawing card

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  1. a person who or thing that attracts attention or patrons.

Origin of drawing card

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90

Words Nearby drawing card

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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.

  • 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

drawing card

  1. 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

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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