dead ringer

dead ringer

noun Slang.
a person or thing that closely resembles another; ringer: That old car is a dead ringer for the one we used to own.

Origin:
1890–95

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dead ringer

A person or thing that closely resembles another; an exact counterpart. For example, Brian's a dead ringer for his Dad, or That red bike is a dead ringer for Mary's. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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