We possess in the Vatican a copy of the original head of the Jupiter, and what a master-piece even this bad copy is!
Although not an open word has been said to connect him with the bad copy of his own map!
When he stood up he was by no means a bad copy of the truculent individual who had first greeted him at the entrance of the city.
The representation of Orpheus is 'a bad copy from Raphael's picture of Orpheus charming the beasts'.
A tout prendre, I must do this pretty young fellow the justice to say that he was not at all a bad copy of higher originals.
early 14c., "written account or record," from Old French copie (13c.), from Medieval Latin copia "reproduction, transcript," from Latin copia "plenty, means" (see copious). Sense extended 15c. to any specimen of writing (especially MS for a printer) and any reproduction or imitation. Related: Copyist.
late 14c., from Old French copier (14c.), from Medieval Latin copiare "to transcribe," originally "to write in plenty," from Latin copia (see copy (n.)). Hence, "to write an original text many times." Related: Copied; copying. Figurative sense of "to imitate" is attested from 1640s.
A subject for an article in a newspaper, magazine, etc: She knew that Miss Gould was good ''copy'' (1880s+)
To send a copy of a message to someone other than the immediate addressee: Copy Tina and tell her the mag is fast turning to compost (1980s+)