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or look·a·like

[loo k-uh-lahyk]
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  1. a person or thing that looks like or closely resembles another; double.
  2. a compatible: The leading brand of computer was expensive so they bought cheap look-alikes.
  3. a pill or capsule that contains nonprescription stimulants, as caffeine and ephedrine, but is made to appear like one containing illegal or prescription stimulants, as amphetamine or biphetamine.
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  1. being or characteristic of a look-alike.
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Origin of look-alike

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase look alike
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British Dictionary definitions for lookalike


    1. a person, esp a celebrity, or thing that is the double of another
    2. (as modifier)a lookalike Minister; a lookalike newspaper
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Word Origin and History for lookalike



"someone who closely resembles another," 1937, American English, from look (v.) + alike.

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