dead ringer


noun Slang.

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

Nearby words

  1. dead on one's feet,
  2. dead point,
  3. dead president,
  4. dead pulp,
  5. dead reckoning,
  6. dead run,
  7. dead sea,
  8. dead sea fruit,
  9. dead sea scrolls,
  10. dead set

Origin of dead ringer

First recorded in 1890–95

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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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