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cold call

1. verb To make an unsolicited phone call or visit to a person or business, usually to sell something. I've never been hung up on so much in my life—these people I'm cold calling just are not interested in my spiel.
2. noun Such a phone call or visit. Time to make cold calls to the people in this building now.
See also: call, cold
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cold call

tv. to call a sales prospect from a list of persons one has never met. Things have to be pretty bad when the senior brokers at a major house have to cold call people to get business.
See also: call, cold
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

cold call

A telephone call, most often a sales call, made to someone who is not known to the caller and who is not expecting a call. Often generated by computerized lists of phone numbers, cold calls are considered a major annoyance, so much so that the U.S. government has set up “don’t call” lists to which one may subscribe. The term dates from the second half of the 1900s.
See also: call, cold
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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Mike Broomfield, TPR's head of intelligence, said: "We're grateful to those people who have alerted us to the cold-calls. We've now referred the cases to the ICO to consider and would urge anyone else who is contacted to call Action Fraud.
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"The Pensions Regulator do not cold-call customers.
"If you are cold-called about your pension, or believe you could be the victim of pension fraud, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040."
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