dead ringer

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noun Slang.
  1. a person or thing that closely resembles another; ringer: That old car is a dead ringer for the one we used to own.

Origin of dead ringer

First recorded in 1890–95
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Related Words for dead ringer

doppelganger, copy, facsimile, replica, lookalike

Examples from the Web for dead ringer

Contemporary Examples of dead ringer

  • It is a dead-ringer for The Cheesecake Factory with endless pages of weirdly-paired choices from Vichysoisse to Pad Thai.

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    Gal With a Suitcase: Shanghai

    Jolie Hunt

    January 7, 2011


Idioms and Phrases with dead ringer

dead ringer

A person or thing that closely resembles another; an exact counterpart. For example, Brian's a dead ringer for his Dad, or That red bike is a dead ringer for Mary's. [Late 1800s]

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