kissing cousin

kissing cousin

noun
1.
See under kissing kin.
2.
something closely related or very similar: a textile that is a kissing cousin to nylon.

Origin:
1935–40

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kissing kin

noun
any more or less distant kin familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss, as a cousin (kissing cousin)
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