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genuine article


the real thing, not a substitute or imitation


Her hair color is the genuine article.

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  • The following oroid or imitation gold is sometimes sold for the genuine article which it closely resembles.

  • We have really enough to do to look after the genuine article.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Advertising is to a genuine article what manure is to land,—it largely increases the product.

  • Next day he had a taste of Trumet's real aristocracy, the genuine article.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If the latter could not afford the genuine article, they were obliged, as they are to-day, to be satisfied with cheap imitations.

    The Pearl of India Maturin M. Ballou
  • You seem to feel pretty certain that yours is the genuine article.

    Flaming June Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The wild men were the genuine article, in war paint and feathers.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • But still there was something about the genuine article which had not been in Winnies imagination.

    Madonna Mary Mrs. Oliphant
Slang definitions & phrases for genuine article

genuine article


The real thing, not a substitute or imitation: that ring's the genuine article/ his artwork is the real deal

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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