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anything or anyone closely related to or resembling another: The film producer tried not to make the movie a first cousin to his last hit.

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Origin of first cousin

First recorded in 1965–70
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Idioms and Phrases with first cousin

first cousin

A close relation or resemblance to someone or something, as in This new machine is a first cousin to the previous model. The figurative use of cousin, which literally means “the child of one's aunt or uncle,” dates from the 1300s.

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