kissing cousin

noun

Definition of kissing cousin 

1 : one that is closely related in kind to something else

2 : a person and especially a relative whom one knows well enough to kiss more or less formally upon meeting

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McConnell is pushing for this legislative change to remove a barrier inhibiting the versatile plant some call marijuana's kissing cousin. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Hemp brings jobs and more than $16.7 million in sales to Kentucky," 1 May 2018 The organizers walked a razor's edge with scheduling, especially between the Flora and Fauna stages, which were kissing cousins a few hundred yards from each other. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Final thoughts on Houston's In Bloom festival," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of kissing cousin

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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kissing cousin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kissing cousin

: a person and especially a relative who you know well enough to kiss in a formal way when you meet

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