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first cousin

noun
1.
cousin (def 1).
2.
anything or anyone closely related to or resembling another:
The film producer tried not to make the movie a first cousin to his last hit.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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Examples from the web for first cousin
  • Parody would be a first cousin, a satire on an actual work of art.
  • It is sweetish and gloppy and a first cousin of dog food.
  • One of the new board members was the respondent's first cousin.
Idioms and Phrases with first cousin

first cousin

A close relation or resemblance to someone or something, as in This new machine is a first cousin to the previous model. The figurative use of cousin, which literally means “the child of one's aunt or uncle,” dates from the 1300s.
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