Definition of calling card in US English:

calling card


  • 1A card bearing a person's name and address, sent or left in lieu of a formal social or business visit.

    • ‘While I was at the hospital the other day I saw an advert for a range of calling cards bearing sarcastic messages which can be placed under the windscreen wipers of offending vehicles.’
    • ‘Few of them can expect a calling card from him in their letter box in the new year.’
    • ‘It was certainly an evening of lively inter-change, for even I departed with some 20 calling cards, phone numbers and appointments in my pocket.’
    • ‘Over the weekend we'll print off a batch of business cards for Graham and calling cards for me and recoup the cost of the entire printer in one smooth operation.’
    • ‘My friends noticed and liked my calling cards and began to ask me to design and make cards for them.’
    • ‘Annie gave Irene a copy of their itinerary with a stapled calling card on the leftmost top of the paper.’
    • ‘Thinking about cards, I do think it would be really helpful to have a picture on your calling card.’
    • ‘Sometimes I'll carry around calling cards and casually hand them to people I want to spend more time with.’
    • ‘For years I've ignored ‘professional’ business cards in favor of cards like this that work more as calling cards.’
    • ‘A leaflet drop targeting wanted suspects caused 14 people to turn themselves in after officers left calling cards on their doorsteps.’
    • ‘His calling card introduces this top-hatted Dickensian figure as Jerry Sadowitz, Comedy, Magic, Filth.’
    • ‘On arrival, each dater will be given calling cards, a badge and a mission to hand out as many cards as possible to those they fancy, and hopefully they'll get some cards back.’
    • ‘Information on the calling cards for clients is designed as a means to identify some positive aspects of the recovering women.’
    • ‘With modern technology, via computers, making calling cards would be a simple accomplishment in most treatment programs, but it could have far-reaching future effects for clients.’
    • ‘Viewers on either side of the world now share knowledge of these soft white papers, delicately wrapped parcels and small metal plates, the same shape as calling cards and full of curious codes.’
    • ‘Inside rested one of Sir Miley's calling cards.’
    • ‘Do you think calling cards and guest books should be resurrected?’
    • ‘Hundreds of photographers specialize in ‘head shots’ - publicity stills that actors give away as casually as calling cards.’
    • ‘I don't have time to talk right now but I'll leave my calling card.’
    identification, id, credentials, papers
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    1. 1.1 An action by which someone or something can be identified.
      ‘a dog whose calling card is a savage nip at the nearest ankles’
      • ‘Your feature will become your calling card as a filmmaker.’
      • ‘We threw out names of authors and film directors like so many calling cards.’
      • ‘The Canadian Frank Gehry has left his distinctive calling card in the shape of a luxury hotel perched above the rolling vineyards of the noble Marques de Riscal winery.’
      • ‘A woman helpfully explained that only six people at a time were allowed to enter the church, giving rise to the theory that the pockmarks were the calling cards of impatient tourists.’
      • ‘Ryedale residents have been warned to be on their guard against one of the many nasty calling cards left by the floods - rats.’
      • ‘The sophisticated use of stolen identities is a calling card of all these conspiracies.’
      • ‘Not only did they ransack the playground, leaving it littered with glass, nails and bits of broken pipes, they also left an unpleasant calling card.’
      • ‘Their only calling card is their entertainment past, and in these times that counts conclusively against them.’
      • ‘The alleged intruder said nothing as he crept from the room and disappeared, leaving only a calling card - a pair of Tootsie Roll lollipops - on the floor, sticks crossed, like some sort of symbol.’
      • ‘For the CD I chose songs that would show the range of my writing, from roots rock to country, blues and spoken word, so it became more of a calling card.’
      • ‘His high-energy live show has been a calling card that's got him booked to major festivals across the United States.’
      • ‘Wallace had an unusual calling card during his murder spree.’
      • ‘They certainly left their calling card in this game as they scored a fine victory over champions Rosenallis in Castle Park on Sunday.’
      • ‘‘That's one of his calling cards,’ says Detroit general manager Ken Holland.’
      • ‘There was a time when it was my calling card to be nice.’
      • ‘The Evening Press recently reported how staff at the Imperial Cancer Research shop, in Gowthorpe, expressed shock and disbelief when burglars left a calling card after ransacking the premises.’
      • ‘But when faced with gigs, the novelty of solitude wore off and the solo version of the album became his calling card for potential players.’
      • ‘Whether it's thrusting your arms skyward or dancing like a little girl, you must perfect it and do the same thing each time, as this will become your calling card.’
      • ‘One of his strongest calling cards is the physical vibrancy of the work.’
      • ‘His biggest calling card so far is Hornblower, the four two-hour films in which he plays CS Forester's famous maritime hero from the turn of the 18th century, Horatio Hornblower.’
  • 2North American A card that allows the user to make telephone calls up to a specified value or charge the cost to a specific account.

    as modifier ‘calling card numbers’
    • ‘Consumers could also get up to US $25 in benefits like calling cards, free air time or discount coupons for phone accessories from the settlement.’
    • ‘I bought an international calling card instead to call home.’
    • ‘Although I've made many attempts in the past to remain in contact - sending letters, packages, money, calling cards, even flying out to Utah to visit them - I have lost contact with my babies.’
    • ‘The vending machines can also be configured to sell international calling cards, ringtones, games and other pre-paid products.’
    • ‘Those who would like to give a prepaid calling card to a member of our armed forces can do so online by going to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Navy Exchange Service Command, or the Marine Corps Exchange.’
    • ‘The new company will operate in areas such as money changing, travelers' cheques, travel insurance and prepaid calling cards.’
    • ‘Two percent even collect pre-paid calling cards.’
    • ‘You can donate calling cards for our troops overseas.’
    • ‘I can't siesta so I use my newly purchased calling card to call my girlfriend, Tamara.’
    • ‘For residential users who aren't ready to commit to the service, or for callers without a personal phone line, the purchase of prepaid calling cards is the simple alternative.’
    • ‘Lucky students had long distance calling cards.’
    • ‘They hope to provide as many soldiers as possible with either calling cards or pre-paid cell phones.’
    • ‘‘The greatest opportunity for growth is from prepaid calling cards,’ said the executive, who declined to be identified as his employer is in a legally-imposed quiet period.’
    • ‘Even when using a prepaid calling card, you can still be charged rates as high as $3 to $5 a minute.’
    • ‘You also get international rates that rival most common calling cards.’
    • ‘Workers in the ‘Top Crew of the Month’ were rewarded with telephone calling cards.’
    • ‘Bizarrely, on my calling card it's cheaper to call the US than it is to call Manchester.’
    • ‘By tracing his use of a telephone calling card, investigators discovered that he was in the vicinity of virtually every attack immediately before or after it occurred.’
    • ‘Also well-established are IP calling cards which enable tourists or, in countries such as China, those without phones to have access to low cost long-distance calls.’
    • ‘Real-time billing, meanwhile, is increasingly in demand, not just for prepaid calling cards, but for intercarrier settlement, consumer wireless services, or even detecting and stopping fraud.’
    • ‘They have already distributed calling cards to soldiers in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.’
    • ‘There is no better way to connect the front lines to the home front than to provide that prepaid calling card.’
    • ‘As the network has expanded and as IP calling cards have gained in popularity, Unicom is looking for new recruits among farmers, families, and wage earners in the cities.’
    • ‘They will put voice messages from superheroes on 10-minute calling cards.’
    • ‘Sun filed a complaint in April this year following the registration of a telecoms dealer specialising in selling pre-paid and post-paid international calling cards last August.’
    • ‘Consumers can choose either pre-paid plans, calling cards, or voice-over-Internet-protocol alternatives.’


calling card

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