genuine article

[ jen-yoo-in ahr-ti-kuhl, jen-yoo-ahyn ]
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nounSlang.
  1. the genuine article, a person or thing that is an excellent, authentic, or true example of their type, rather than just an imitation: Don’t buy mass-produced T-shirts that weren’t really tie-dyed—we’ve got the genuine article!When it comes to real-life heroes, Lieutenant Shapiro is the genuine article.

Origin of genuine article

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First recorded in 1790–95

pronunciation note For genuine article

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How to use genuine article in a sentence

  • They've got eyes for every little detail, and they know the difference between the genuine article and an imitation.

  • The above despatch has the appearance of the genuine article—but I am inclined to think it a clever counterfeit.

    Nurse and Spy in the Union Army | S. Emma E. Edmonds
  • One need not blame the Italian for this, though when he himself eats of it, or gives it you to eat, it is the genuine article.