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a couch in the office of a casting director, supposedly used with actors or actresses willing to trade sexual favors for roles.
(informal) a couch on which a casting director is said to seduce women seeking a part in a film or play

the purported practice wherein actors and actresses exchanged sexual favors in order to be cast in a production

noun phrase

The fancied sofa in a theatrical or film decision-maker’s office upon which he appraises the talent of young women seeking roles: only slightly detoured by a refusal to join Darryl F Zanuck on the casting couch (1920s+)


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