Definition of carbon copy in US English:

carbon copy


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the days before xerox machines, a carbon copy was the best way of replicating a piece of writing.’
    • ‘Attach a carbon copy of the shop's record of your inventory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘This collection consists of two short story manuscripts, a carbon copy of a thesis, and records of thesis-related expenditures.’
    • ‘And, as anyone who has ever signed a receipt can tell you, a carbon copy is literally pale in comparison to the original.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When staff were again busy he would tear the top copy off and drop the carbon copy over the counter.’
    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.
      ‘Karl was a carbon copy of his father’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although sheep, mice and pigs have been cloned, scientists have not yet produced a carbon copy of any primate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As far as she was concerned, their son was a carbon copy of his father.’
      • ‘Will it result in a carbon copy of the end of WWI or a carbon copy of the end of WWII?’
      • ‘It's a carbon copy of his triumph in 2001, also after being written off early in the election year.’
      • ‘It was a carbon copy of my science class from the previous year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In other cricket, the second England v Zimbabwe match was a carbon copy of the first.’
      • ‘In reality though, Disney's version was never intended as a carbon copy of the classic work of Lewis Carroll.’
      • ‘But why make a carbon copy of the original version?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a carbon-copy of the first, and just as belligerent.’
      • ‘The strategy paper is virtually a carbon copy of documents produced by the British in 1945 and the French in the 1950s.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Almost a carbon copy of the previous year's finale, with the All Blacks again on the receiving end.’
      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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carbon copy

/ˈkɑrbən ˌkɑpi//ˈkärbən ˌkäpē/