carbon copy


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

Examples of carbon copy in a Sentence

I'll need a carbon copy of that receipt. She's a carbon copy of her mother.
Recent Examples on the Web In the band’s 50-minute set on the main stage on Saturday, at times Nowell was a carbon copy of his father, jumping from a death metal-like growl into his father’s trilling higher falsetto. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2024 Susie Glass, the crime boss Eddie reports to, is essentially a carbon copy of Michelle Dockery’s Rosalind, from her cherry-red lips to her sky-high stilettos to her generally imperturbable air. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2024 Tomorrow’s nearly a carbon copy of today with bright sunshine and light winds (around 5 mph). Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2024 Suddenly, the 243 passengers of Flight 006 have to reckon with confronting carbon copies of themselves, who have been leading parallel lives for the past three months. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 When twins aren’t being regarded as carbon copies, they are slotted (or slot themselves) into opposing roles, which de Bres uses as an entry point for a chapter on the psychology, the temptations, and the costs of binary thinking. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 Pace's Brother Day—the 18th in the cycle—is most definitely not a mere carbon copy of Cleon the First. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 July 2023 But the Chargers had practically a carbon copy of that drive. Ryan Morik, Fox News, 22 Oct. 2023 An angry man typing out memos about an invisible world government might make a few mimeographs or carbon copies, but the chance that any ended up in a library, catalogued and preserved, is slight. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Carbon copy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

carbon copy

: a copy made with carbon paper

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