casting couch, the

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. 2013.

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