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kissing cousin

See under kissing kin.
something closely related or very similar:
a textile that is a kissing cousin to nylon.
Origin of kissing cousin
First recorded in 1935-40

kissing kin

any more or less distant kin familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss, as a cousin (kissing cousin) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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kissing cousin


  1. A relative close enough to be kissed in salutation, hence anyone with whom a person is fairly intimate: The two species will often prove to be kissing cousins, for they'll crossbreed/ You guys talk like kissing cousins
  2. A close copy: He had a kissing cousin of Montgomery's mustache (1940s+)
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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