pinchbeck

pinchbeck

[pinch-bek]
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:
1725–35; named after Christopher Pinchbeck (died 1732), English watchmaker and its inventor

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pinchbeck (ˈpɪntʃˌbɛk)
 
n
1.  an alloy of copper and zinc, used as imitation gold
2.  a spurious or cheap imitation; sham
 
adj
3.  made of pinchbeck
4.  sham, spurious, or cheap
 
[C18 (the alloy), C19 (something spurious): after Christopher Pinchbeck (?1670--1732), English watchmaker who invented it]

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