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first cousin

cousin (def 1).
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.
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1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.
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