copy book

copybook

[kop-ee-book]
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:
1550–60; copy + book

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copybook (ˈkɒpɪˌbʊk)
 
n
1.  a book of specimens, esp of penmanship, for imitation
2.  chiefly (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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