copy, as computer output printed on paper, that can be read without using a special device (opposed to soft copy).
copy that is finished and ready for the printer.
Origin of hard copy
An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Lil looked up from her mediated state and glared at me as I pored over the hardcopy, nodding enthusiastically.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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