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copybook

[kop-ee-boo k]
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noun
  1. a book containing models, usually of penmanship, for learners to imitate.
  2. a book for or containing copies, as of documents.
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adjective
  1. commonplace; stereotyped: a copybook sort of phrase.
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Origin of copybook

First recorded in 1550–60; copy + book
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copybook

noun
  1. a book of specimens, esp of penmanship, for imitation
  2. mainly US a book for or containing documents
  3. blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
  4. (modifier) trite or unoriginalcopybook sentiments
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