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reliable, esp financially reliable
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from the former practice of coating the bottoms of ships with copper to prevent the timbers rotting
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Examples from the Web for copper-bottomed
Historical Examples
  • He'd find evidence of lung trouble in a copper-bottomed boiler if it wheezed letting off steam.

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • It's real, copper-bottomed English; you see it on all the old-time wayside hostelries over there.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • His copper-bottomed ships came up with and captured six of the enemy, five of which were English prizes.

Slang definitions & phrases for copper-bottomed



Genuine; authentic: a copper-bottomed scoundrel

[1890+; fr the covering of a ship's bottom with copper plates to frustrate the shipworm]

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