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hard copy

copy, as computer output printed on paper, that can be read without using a special device (opposed to soft copy).
copy that is finished and ready for the printer.
Origin of hard copy
1885-90, Americanism
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hard-copy, adjective Unabridged
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  • Please note that the hard-copy book used to create this ebook was not in the best condition.

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
British Dictionary definitions for hard-copy

hard copy

computer output printed on paper, as contrasted with machine-readable output such as magnetic tape
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See soft copy's 21st Century Lexicon
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hard copy

noun phrase

A printed copy of a computer document; printout: Millie, can you give me a hard copy of that? (1964+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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