carbon copy

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noun
    1. a duplicate of anything written or typed, made by using a photocopier or, formerly, by using carbon paper. Abbreviation: cc
    2. 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
  1. a near or exact duplicate of a given person or thing; replica: She's a carbon copy of her mother.

Origin of carbon copy

First recorded in 1890–95
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carbon copy

noun
  1. a duplicate copy of writing, typewriting, or drawing obtained by using carbon paperOften shortened to: carbon
  2. informal a person or thing that is identical or very similar to another
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Word Origin and History for carbon-copy

carbon copy

n.

1895, from carbon (paper) + copy (n.). A copy on paper made using carbon paper. The figurative sense is from 1944. Also as a verb, "send a carbon copy (of something)," and as such often abbreviated c.c.

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Idioms and Phrases with carbon-copy

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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