a duplicate of anything written or typed, made by using a photocopier or, formerly, by using carbon paper. Abbreviation: cc
a copy of an email or other electronic document that is sent to one or more people in addition to the primary addressee. Abbreviation: cc
a near or exact duplicate of a given person or thing; replica: She's a carbon copy of her mother.
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How to use carbon copy in a sentence
And voters would learn quickly that the former Florida governor is no carbon copy of his father and brother.
In almost every other way, St. Francisville is a carbon copy of Sutton and thousands of other small towns across rural America.How 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Taught Me It's OK to Love My Hometown | Justin Green | April 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the Brazilian-born son of German immigrants, Franco says he was too much of a carbon copy of Benedict.Conspiracy Theories Behind Pope Francis’s Election | Barbie Latza Nadeau | March 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, in an Israeli archive, I came across a carbon copy of the original directive.
All this, of course, is a carbon-copy of the plan Mitt Romney shoved down Massachusetts' throat.
The carbon copy remains permanently bound for the hospital record.Rules and regulations governing maternity hospitals and homes ... September, 1922 | California. State Board of Charities and Corrections
Exhibit three was a carbon copy of a report by the stock control clerk at the bubble gum factory.And Then the Town Took Off | Richard Wilson
Mr. Reporter, we are giving the number 838 to the carbon copy of Exhibit 709 that Lieutenant Revill has just produced.Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Upon the pale yellow paper were many lines of typewriting in French—a carbon copy evidently.Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo | William Le Queux
Is the document in the same condition now as it was when you prepared the original of which that is a carbon copy?Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for carbon copy
a duplicate copy of writing, typewriting, or drawing obtained by using carbon paper: Often shortened to: carbon
informal a person or thing that is identical or very similar to another
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Other Idioms and Phrases with carbon copy
A person or thing that closely resembles another, as in Our grandson is a carbon copy of his dad. Originally this term meant a copy of a document made by using carbon paper. The linguistic transfer to other kinds of duplicate survived the demise of carbon paper (replaced by photocopiers, computer printers, and other more sophisticated devices). [c. 1870]
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