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hard copy

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noun
  1. copy, as computer output printed on paper, that can be read without using a special device (opposed to soft copy).
  2. copy that is finished and ready for the printer.
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Origin of hard copy

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
Related formshard-cop·y, adjective
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  • Lil looked up from her mediated state and glared at me as I pored over the hardcopy, nodding enthusiastically.

    Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for hardcopy

hard copy

noun
  1. computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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