Definition of carbon copy in English:

carbon copy


  • 1A copy of written or typed material made with carbon paper.

    ‘the files were filled with carbon copies’
    • ‘What is anyone going to say that won't be a carbon copy of what we wrote after 9 / 11, after Bali, after Beslan, after Madrid?’
    • ‘Pupils wishing to leave school during the day will be given a carbon copy of a signed slip on production of an appropriate letter, note or telephone call that must then be carried with them.’
    • ‘In the days before xerox machines, a carbon copy was the best way of replicating a piece of writing.’
    • ‘He was greeted joyously by a policeman who told him to relax and then started taking down the report not on an official document, but a scrap of paper with a carbon copy.’
    • ‘Attach a carbon copy of the shop's record of your inventory.’
    • ‘In more ways than one, because there were no photocopiers, and even if you had made a carbon copy when you typed out your book, that copy was likely to be somewhat untidy.’
    • ‘And, as anyone who has ever signed a receipt can tell you, a carbon copy is literally pale in comparison to the original.’
    • ‘When staff were again busy he would tear the top copy off and drop the carbon copy over the counter.’
    • ‘As to where the officer's knowledge that the document is made by use of a carbon copy or pre-assembled sheets, that, too constitutes a prima facie copy.’
    • ‘This collection consists of two short story manuscripts, a carbon copy of a thesis, and records of thesis-related expenditures.’
    copy, reproduction, duplicate, photocopy, mimeograph, mimeo, replica, likeness, carbon, print, reprint, offprint, image
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    1. 1.1 A person or thing identical or very similar to another.
      ‘the children were carbon copies of their father’
      • ‘It was a carbon copy of my science class from the previous year.’
      • ‘In reality though, Disney's version was never intended as a carbon copy of the classic work of Lewis Carroll.’
      • ‘Although sheep, mice and pigs have been cloned, scientists have not yet produced a carbon copy of any primate.’
      • ‘It's a carbon copy of his triumph in 2001, also after being written off early in the election year.’
      • ‘But why make a carbon copy of the original version?’
      • ‘Almost a carbon copy of the previous year's finale, with the All Blacks again on the receiving end.’
      • ‘Tall, dark-haired, and lean, he was the carbon copy of his father except for the brilliant green eyes which he had inherited from his mother.’
      • ‘For example, formulations of aims contained in the guidance documents are as a rule reduced to tasks of corresponding kinds of TS or at worst are a carbon copy of the general tasks.’
      • ‘It was a carbon-copy of the first, and just as belligerent.’
      • ‘Asked were there any previous convictions for a similar offence he told the court the defendant had committed another similar incident which was a carbon copy of the July 9 offence.’
      • ‘In other cricket, the second England v Zimbabwe match was a carbon copy of the first.’
      • ‘At a festival all the bands who are playing have to have strong songs - and the live show shouldn't just be a carbon copy of the record.’
      • ‘As far as she was concerned, their son was a carbon copy of his father.’
      • ‘The sounds are nothing groundbreaking, but at least each song is not a carbon copy of the previous track.’
      • ‘That's because consumers are under the impression that a clone is essentially a carbon copy of the original animal, critics say.’
      • ‘The strategy paper is virtually a carbon copy of documents produced by the British in 1945 and the French in the 1950s.’
      • ‘Democrats are betting that the current recession will be a carbon copy of the last recession, which officially began in July 1990 and ended in March 1991.’
      • ‘The bears will suggest that the Black Cycle is almost a carbon copy of the Teal Cycle and a repeat of the price action in the 1980s is in store.’
      • ‘I'd been told, as a child, I got my looks purely from my father's side, that I was a carbon copy of Aunty Linda at the same age.’
      • ‘Will it result in a carbon copy of the end of WWI or a carbon copy of the end of WWII?’
      matching, identical, alike, duplicate, carbon-copy, twin, paired, coupled, double, indistinguishable, interchangeable, corresponding, equivalent, parallel, of a piece, all of a piece, like, like peas in a pod, like two peas in a pod, comparable, similar, correlative, congruent, tallying, agreeing, concordant, consonant
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