One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An alloy of copper and zinc resembling gold, used in watchmaking and cheap jewellery.
Appearing valuable, but actually cheap or tawdry.
poor-quality, second-rate, third-rate, substandard, low-grade, inferior, common, vulgar, shoddy, trashy, rubbishy, tawdry, tinny, brassy, worthless, meretricious, cheap and nasty, cheapjack, gimcrack, brummagemView synonyms
- ‘The first had been newly choreographed by Ashton and looked for the most part like little more than a pinchbeck parody of a Soviet-style solo.’
- ‘Of course, Muggeridge was unreformed, and when he actually decided to take religion seriously he was contemptuously dismissed as ‘a pinchbeck Savonarola’.’
Mid 18th century: named after Christopher Pinchbeck (died 1732), English watchmaker.
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