- the genuine thing or person as promised, stated, or implied (usually preceded by the or the real): Those other paintings are copies, but this one is the McCoy.
Origin of McCoy
Examples from the Web for mccoy
On October 27, a U-2 took off from McCoy Air Force base in Orlando, Florida.Russia’s Missiles Stung the World Long Before MH17
July 20, 2014
There was also the shooting of 20-year-old Anna McCoy, soccer star and daughter of police officer Jimmy “Cotton” McCoy.An Elephant Is Wounded in Mississippi
April 11, 2013
A veteran of several movies such as Players Club, McCoy also stars in her own reality show on TV One.
McCoy, who plays Keisha on the show, admits that while she remains friends with Dash, the two had difficult moments on the set.
“There were issues about just doing the work and not complaining about certain things on set,” said McCoy.
Mr. McCoy must be honoured for his candour and superior honesty.
No risk of loss, no possible disadvantage, daunted Mr. McCoy.
I told him you were McCoy's hired man just helping me take care of him.They of the High Trails
Mr. McCoy estimates the number of inhabitants of this territory at 47,733.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West
J. M. Peck
On the contrary, seeing that she was not much injured, he laughed in concert with McCoy.The Lonely Island
- slang the genuine person or thing (esp in the phrase the real McCoy)
- Tony, full name Anthony Peter McCoy. born 1974, Northern Irish national hunt jockey: champion jockey every season since 1995/96
Word Origin and History for mccoy
as in the real McCoy, 1881, said to be from Scottish the real Mackay (1883), of uncertain origin, though there are many candidates, including whiskey distilled by A. and M. Mackay of Glasgow (the phrase the real McCoy became popular during Prohibition to describe liquor); Charles S. "Kid" McCoy (1872-1940), former welterweight boxing champ; and a claimant for chief of the northern branch of the clan Mackay.
"By jingo! yes; so it will be. It's the 'real McCoy,' as Jim Hicks says. Nobody but a devil can find us there." [James S. Bond, "The Rise and Fall of the Union Club," Yorkville, Canada, 1881]