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carbon copy

  1. a duplicate of anything written or typed, made by using a photocopier or, formerly, by using carbon paper.
    Abbreviation: cc.
  2. a copy of an email or other electronic document that is sent to one or more people in addition to the primary addressee.
    Abbreviation: cc.
a near or exact duplicate of a given person or thing; replica:
She's a carbon copy of her mother.
Origin of carbon copy
1890-95 Unabridged
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carbon copy

a duplicate copy of writing, typewriting, or drawing obtained by using carbon paper Often shortened to carbon
(informal) a person or thing that is identical or very similar to another
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Contemporary definitions for carbon-copy

to make a carbon copy of; to send a duplicate of a communication to someone else


All email systems provide a way to carbon-copy and blind carbon-copy others.

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carbon copy


1895, from carbon (paper) + copy (n.). A copy on paper made using carbon paper. The figurative sense is from 1944. Also as a verb, "send a carbon copy (of something)," and as such often abbreviated c.c.

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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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