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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Paltrow herself is a virtual a carbon copy of her mother, actress Blythe Danner. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow Shares a Mom-Daughter Selfie With Apple—And They’re Practically Twins," 26 Sep. 2018 Like a 21st-century carbon copy, Bamboo Slate uses its pressure-sensitive technology to create backups of handwritten notes. Steven Melendez, WSJ, "Tablets That Let You Handwrite Notes...Digitally," 12 Oct. 2018 That's a plus: With five years of development distance between the Supra and Z4, the two cars should have unique personalities, especially compared to the 86/FR-S that was, aside from some minor differences, a carbon copy of the Subaru BRZ. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "What To Know About the 2019 Toyota Supra," 11 Oct. 2018 Ghiggia, again, attacked down the right with purpose in an almost carbon copied scenario to Uruguay's equaliser - almost., "World Cup Countdown: 17 Weeks to Go - Moacir Barbosa, the Man Blamed for Brazil's 'Hiroshima'," 26 Feb. 2018 Photos taken of the trio around the time of the reunion show a giddy-looking trio of curly-headed, grinning young men, each seemingly a carbon copy of the others, clearly thrilled to be in each other’s company. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "‘Three Identical Strangers’: the implausible-yet-true story of long-lost triplets," 3 July 2018 The team at Mizuguchi's new studio Enhance Games has taken great care to choreograph each song to this trance vibration feature, which means this is far more than a predictable 4-4 thump or a carbon copy of the subwoofer channel. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lumines Remastered turns the Nintendo Switch into a full-body vibration party," 26 June 2018 Almost a carbon copy, with perhaps slightly lower temperatures. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Beautiful this evening and pleasant overnight ahead of a fantastic Friday," 14 June 2018 But as anyone who has watched this Golden State stretch up close knows, this latest title season was hardly a carbon copy of the two that came before. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "It's a dynasty: Warriors remain kings of NBA after sweep of Cavaliers," 8 June 2018

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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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