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copybook

[kop-ee-boo k] /ˈkɒp iˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a book containing models, usually of penmanship, for learners to imitate.
2.
a book for or containing copies, as of documents.
adjective
3.
commonplace; stereotyped:
a copybook sort of phrase.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; copy + book
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British Dictionary definitions for copy book

copybook

/ˈkɒpɪˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a book of specimens, esp of penmanship, for imitation
2.
(mainly US) a book for or containing documents
3.
(informal) blot one's copybook, to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
4.
(modifier) trite or unoriginal: copybook sentiments
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