the real McCoy

noun
variants: also US the McCoy
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the real McCoy

informal
:something or someone that is real or genuine :something or someone that is not a copy or imitation
  • Is that a fake gun, or is it the real McCoy?
  • These diamonds look like the real McCoy, but they could be fake.
  • To help her play the role of a lawyer, the actress studied with the real McCoy.

Word by Word Definitions

real play
  1. : of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things (such as lands or tenements)

  2. : not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory : genuine

  3. : occurring or existing in actuality

  1. : a real thing

  1. : very, really

  1. : a former monetary unit and coin of Spain and its possessions

  1. : a former monetary unit and coin of Portugal

  2. : the basic monetary unit of Brazil — see Money Table

McCoy play
  1. : something that is neither imitation nor substitute


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