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:
1965–70

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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.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
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.
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