Definition of McCoy in English:

McCoy

noun

in phrase the real McCoy
informal
  • The real thing; the genuine article.

    ‘the apparent fake turned out to be the real McCoy’
    • ‘Judge Lane, is the fix in, or is this the real McCoy?’
    • ‘‘This is the real McCoy,’ he says, gesturing about him on the bare set.’
    • ‘There is £250,000 worth of medical kit here - all of it the real McCoy.’
    • ‘Minutes later, when I was finally alone, I confirmed that Dolores' work permit was no fake, that its official stamp was the real McCoy.’
    • ‘The food is almost an afterthought, but because of it's lack of frills is filling, good value and the real McCoy: Il Gocetto has small round wooden tables and is as authentic as they come - it's at 14 via dei Banci Vecchi.’
    • ‘Let's hope that someone has learned from that experience and that this time, in Afghanistan, we have checked the guy out on the Internet to make sure he is the real McCoy.’
    • ‘You also have the real McCoy, although all the evidence I'm getting is that the real problem is former Warsaw Pact weapons.’
    • ‘The double looks, feels, and climbs like the real McCoy.’
    • ‘Whereas Bush only plays a soldier, Clark is the real McCoy.’
    • ‘The quartet of Diver sisters - Joan, Marie Therese, Grainne and Angela - are the real McCoy, a talented group of singers, songwriters and outstanding musicians.’
    • ‘So I made my hopeful way over to that august institution, which, despite its name, old man Noah would never, in his wildest dreams, ever construe as the real McCoy.’
    • ‘But this seemed like the real McCoy, lots of spices, mixed with a blitzed paste of onion, garlic and ginger and a good heap of yoghurt.’
    • ‘In their view, the real McCoy is a contract existing in a centralised, bureaucratised structure set up by the government and remaining under its control, thus being consecrated by it.’
    • ‘Although a few other models were used during the making of the film, this - Picton assures me - is the real McCoy and is the car used during most of the driving sequences in the film.’
    • ‘But with the advantage of having it in front of me, I could see the Silver Swan chef's version had several layers of pasta and looked the real McCoy.’
    • ‘Yet after running into him at a Hillary-bashing conference last April, and having him repeatedly call me a liar and ‘disgusting’ to my face, I concluded that he was actually the real McCoy.’
    • ‘But Japan, of all countries, is mastering the art of producing the real McCoy, though many of its whisky-lovers tend to become wobbly-legged after only two drinks.’
    • ‘But, hey, if the guy who was here last week was the real McCoy, the real deal, then how come there are no pictures of him making the rounds?’
    • ‘One day I'll sit down and merge the lot together, perhaps, and come as close to the real McCoy as I'm likely to in this life-time.’
    • ‘They say that the real McCoy here is far scarier than any Hollywood set.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: first appears as the real Mackay, in which real may be a corruption of the name of the Reay branch of the Scottish Mackay family.

Pronunciation

McCoy

/məˈkɔɪ/