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dead ringer

noun, Slang.
a person or thing that closely resembles another; ringer:
That old car is a dead ringer for the one we used to own.
Origin of dead ringer
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was a girl here the other day who was a dead ringer for her.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Isn't Ida's a dead ringer for the lady's head on the silver dollar?

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • For the dinky little picture under the cameo is a dead ringer for the one Claire had shown us in the silver frame.

    The House of Torchy Sewell Ford
  • That fresh guy is a dead ringer for a feller that quit his wife and five kids in Livingston and run off with a biscuit-shooter.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • The signature he put on this paper is a dead ringer for the one on the registry blank you gave Dale.

    Square Deal Sanderson

    Charles Alden Seltzer
  • To cut it short--he got himself a white-speckled mustang that's a dead ringer for Spottie.

Slang definitions & phrases for dead ringer

dead ringer

noun phrase

An exact duplicate, esp a person who is the double of another: He was such a dead ringer for my ex-boss

[1891+; fr dead, ''precise, exact,'' and ring in, ''substitute, esp fraudulently,'' an early 19th-century slang term for gambling]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with dead ringer

dead ringer

A person or thing that closely resembles another; an exact counterpart. For example, Brian's a dead ringer for his Dad, or That red bike is a dead ringer for Mary's. [ Late 1800s ]
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