cold-call UK US verb [I or T] (also blind call)
MARKETING to phone or visit a possible customer to try to sell them a product or service without being asked by the customer to do so: »

We were cold-called by a company offering savings on our phone bill.


A great advantage of social networks is they help users meet people rather than having to cold-call.

cold-call UK US noun [C] (also blind call)
MARKETING a phone call or visit from someone trying to sell a product or service who has not been asked by the customer to do this: »

Many people are likely to hang up on a cold-call.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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