carbon copy

carbon copy

noun
1.
a.
a duplicate of anything written or typed, made by using a photocopier or, formerly, by using carbon paper. Abbreviation: cc
b.
a copy of an e-mail or other electronic document that is sent to one or more people in addition to the primary addressee. Abbreviation: cc
2.
a near or exact duplicate of a given person or thing; replica: She's a carbon copy of her mother.

Origin:
1890–95

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carbon copy
 
n
1.  Often shortened to: carbon a duplicate copy of writing, typewriting, or drawing obtained by using carbon paper
2.  informal a person or thing that is identical or very similar to another

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Word Origin & History

carbon copy
1895, from carbon + copy. The fig. sense is from 1944.
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Idioms & Phrases

carbon copy

A person or thing that closely resembles another, as in Our grandson is a carbon copy of his dad. Originally this term meant a copy of a document made by using carbon paper. The linguistic transfer to other kinds of duplicate survived the demise of carbon paper (replaced by photocopiers, computer printers, and other more sophisticated devices). [c. 1870]

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