carbon copy


Definition of carbon copy

1 : a copy made by carbon paper
2 : duplicate is a carbon copy of his father

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Examples of carbon copy in a Sentence

I'll need a carbon copy of that receipt. She's a carbon copy of her mother.

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The play looked like a carbon copy of Byrd’s 25-yard score earlier in the quarter, with the senior receiving streaking open through the middle of Arizona’s defense. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football comes up yard short in loss to Hawaii," 24 Aug. 2019 The new outpost is essentially a carbon copy of its predecessor in Hayes Valley, which Rich Table’s wife-and-husband duo Sarah and Evan Rich, and business partner Jonny Gilbert, opened in 2017. Justin Phillips,, "Here’s a first look at Rich Table’s RT Rotisserie opening Friday in Nopa," 22 Aug. 2019 They were named after the thin paper they were typed on (carta velina is Italian for tissue paper), which was used to facilitate the ease of making many carbon copies as fast as possible. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Fake news has been enabling fascism for a whole century," 15 Aug. 2019 In suits and ties, the boys are handsome carbon copies of the season’s recurring ghost, their father, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), the abuser and rapist who died at the end of Season 1. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Disappointing, Emmy-Baiting Finale of “Big Little Lies” Season 2," 22 July 2019 The exact center of Coward’s play is British actor Garry Essendine who, Coward once acknowledged, is pretty much a carbon copy of himself. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: Coward’s ‘Present Laughter’ opens at Pear Theatre," 12 June 2019 The look was nearly a carbon copy of what Princess Diana wore for Prince Harry's debut and drew instant comparisons. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Maternity Dress Is Totally Different Than Princess Diana's," 8 May 2019 Caro writes first drafts longhand, then types them up, complete with carbon copies, on a Smith-Corona Electra 210 typewriter. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "Historian Robert Caro on the Importance of Analog Research in a Digital Age," 15 Apr. 2019 The Society follows a group of high schoolers as they are mysteriously transported to a carbon copy of their wealthy New England town. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Netflix's Newest Teen Drama "The Society"," 4 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of carbon copy

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carbon copy was in 1876

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English Language Learners Definition of carbon copy

: a copy of a document, letter, etc., that is made by using carbon paper
: a person or thing that is very similar to another person or thing

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