look-alike

[look-uh-lahyk]
noun
1.
a person or thing that looks like or closely resembles another; double.
2.
a compatible: The leading brand of computer was expensive so they bought cheap look-alikes.
3.
a pill or capsule that contains nonprescription stimulants, as caffeine and ephedrine, but is made to appear like one containing illegal or prescription stimulants, as amphetamine or biphetamine.
adjective
4.
being or characteristic of a look-alike.
Also, lookalike.


Origin:
1945–50; noun use of verb phrase look alike

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look-alike
also lookalike, "someone who closely resembles another," 1947, Amer.Eng., from look + alike.
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Example sentences
Previous researchers had provided lists of similar-sounding and look-alike words, but their methods were unscientific.
He is now represented on a new postage stamp, the subject of a look-alike contest and featured in an exhibit in the museum.
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