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  • n. The technique, or an instance, of using likely guesses and assumptions, then narrowing in on any positive responses, in order to give the impression of having information about a person or event.
  • n. Used other than as an idiom: see cold,‎ reading.


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  • 'A guy who's good at the cold reading will never starve.'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012