pinchbeck

[ pinch-bek ]
/ ˈpɪntʃ bɛk /
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noun

an alloy of copper and zinc, used in imitation of gold.
something sham, spurious, or counterfeit.

adjective

made of pinchbeck.
sham, spurious, or counterfeit: pinchbeck heroism.

Origin of pinchbeck

1725–35; named after Christopher Pinchbeck (died 1732), English watchmaker and its inventor
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pinchbeck

/ (ˈpɪntʃˌbɛk) /

noun

an alloy of copper and zinc, used as imitation gold
a spurious or cheap imitation; sham

adjective

made of pinchbeck
sham, spurious, or cheap

Word Origin for pinchbeck

C18 (the alloy), C19 (something spurious): after Christopher Pinchbeck (?1670–1732), English watchmaker who invented it
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