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real mccoy, the

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real McCoy, the

noun phrase

Any genuine and worthy person or thing; the genuine article: egg bagels, a sweeter variety of the real McCoy/ You can trust her, she's the McCoy

[1922+; origin uncertain; the real Mackay is found by 1883; revived during Prohibition times to describe liquor]


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real McCoy, the

Also, the McCoy. The genuine thing, as in That painting's not a reproduction—it's the real McCoy. This idiom has a disputed origin, but the most likely source is its use to distinguish welterweight champion “Kid McCoy,” the name used by Norman Selby (1873-1940), from other boxers using his name to capitalize on his popularity. [ c. 1900 ]
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