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pinchbeck

[pinch-bek] /ˈpɪntʃ bɛk/
noun
1.
an alloy of copper and zinc, used in imitation of gold.
2.
something sham, spurious, or counterfeit.
adjective
3.
made of pinchbeck.
4.
sham, spurious, or counterfeit:
pinchbeck heroism.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; named after Christopher Pinchbeck (died 1732), English watchmaker and its inventor
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British Dictionary definitions for pinch beck

pinchbeck

/ˈpɪntʃˌbɛk/
noun
1.
an alloy of copper and zinc, used as imitation gold
2.
a spurious or cheap imitation; sham
adjective
3.
made of pinchbeck
4.
sham, spurious, or cheap
Word Origin
C18 (the alloy), C19 (something spurious): after Christopher Pinchbeck (?1670–1732), English watchmaker who invented it
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