the casting couch
   sexual activity between a female seeking a favour and a male in a position to grant it
   Originally used of aspiring actresses:
    ... married a veteran Hollywood stunt man... saved her from being just another hooker working the casting couches. (J. Collins, 1981)
   This particular piece of furniture is found less often outside the theatrical profession:
    Young lady, I do not need a casting couch. I can have any woman I want. (Private Eye, May 1981, quoting a journalist)

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  • (the) casting couch — the casting couch UK US noun humorous a situation in which someone agrees to have sex in return for getting a job as an actor Her rise to stardom owed much to the casting couch. Thesaurus: auditioning, casting and rehearsinghyponym …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) casting couch — humorous a situation in which an actor, usually a woman actor, agrees to have sex with someone in order to get a part in a film or play. Thankfully, the casting couch is no longer the only route to success for aspiring young actresses …   New idioms dictionary

  • the casting couch — UK / US noun humorous a situation in which someone agrees to have sex in return for getting a job as an actor Her rise to stardom owed much to the casting couch …   English dictionary

  • Casting couch — The casting couch is a euphemism for a sociological phenomenon that involves the trading of sexual favors by an aspirant, apprentice employee, or subordinate to a superior, in return for entry into an occupation, or for other career advancement… …   Wikipedia

  • casting couch, the — casting ,couch, the noun HUMOROUS a situation in which someone agrees to have sex in return for getting a job as an actor: Her rise to stardom owed much to the casting couch …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • casting couch — n. a legendary couch found in the offices of casting directors for use in seducing young people by offering them roles. □ They say she got the job on the casting couch. □ They say the director got his job on the casting couch, too …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • casting couch —   refers to the illegal practice (mostly during the heyday of the studio system) when unknown young actors or actresses (starlets) exchanged sex (literally on an office couch) with a casting director or producer in order to acquire/land a role in …   Glossary of cinematic terms

  • casting couch — /ˈkastɪŋ kaʊtʃ/ (say kahsting kowch) noun Colloquial the couch in a film or stage director s office, supposedly for the seduction of those auditioning; to succeed by means of the casting couch is to gain success in return for sex …   Australian English dictionary

  • casting couch — ☆ casting couch n. the practice of demanding sexual favors in return for casting a performer in a film, TV program, etc.: in allusion to the office couch of a casting director …   English World dictionary

  • casting couch — noun : a couch in an entertainment executive s office on which aspiring actresses are reputed to perform sexual acts in exchange for desired roles ; broadly : the practice of abusing one s power to obtain sexual partners * * * ˈcasting couch 7… …   Useful english dictionary

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