the real McCoy

noun
variants: also US the McCoy

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. : having objective independent existence

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

  3. : occurring or existing in actuality

  1. : very, really

  1. : a real thing

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

  2. : a former monetary unit and coin of Portugal

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

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


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