Definition of casting couch in English:

casting couch

noun

informal
  • Used in reference to the supposed practice whereby actors or actresses are awarded parts in films, plays, or other productions in return for granting sexual favors to the casting director.

    ‘she was no stranger to the casting couch’
    • ‘Poor Marilyn Monroe had to suffer the torments of the casting couch, and anyone who tells you that's a thing of the past is either a fool or a liar.’
    • ‘Success as a model led Chambers to Hollywood, but Marilyn soon became disgusted with the casting couch mentality young starlets are often subject too.’
    • ‘But look at that blonde over there, doesn't she look like she knows her way around the casting couch of a porno studio, eh?’
    • ‘The casting couch was a common feature in every two-bit producer's office.’
    • ‘His parents were both actors, though some suggest his real father was the owner of the nearby Teatro di San Samuele, which would make Casanova, appropriately, the result of the casting couch.’
    • ‘Has he ever personally been tempted to lure some sultry ‘marginal person’ onto the casting couch before getting them work?’
    • ‘Does this incident show the existence of the casting couch in the industry?’
    • ‘Pretty easy to see why this guy has to resort to the casting couch to have any chance of getting a woman.’
    • ‘He's chatted up by ladies who think he could be an ‘in’ to the industry, and yet claims, so far, to have resisted the lure of being the one in charge of the casting couch.’
    • ‘And, knowing Susan, the gossip would have it that she had got the part on the casting couch.’
    • ‘That's bogus, the casting couch is a myth created by the media.’
    • ‘Have you ever auditioned for someone and they pulled out the casting couch?’
    • ‘The formula is as old as the casting couch, but it's what you do with it that matters.’
    • ‘For every quip that rates as political satire there are a dozen - such as his remarks suggesting that the starlet took the casting couch route to pop success - which seem intended purely to outrage and offend.’
    • ‘The casting couch has long been relegated to the mists of movie legend, she declares.’
    • ‘That casting couch legend didn't just procreate itself, after all.’

Pronunciation:

casting couch

/ˈkastiNG kouCH/