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the real McCoy

Something that is genuine or authentic. The origin of this phrase is not definitively known. A: "The traveling salesman said this diamond was the real McCoy!" B: "And you believed him?"
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real McCoy

an authentic thing or person. Of course it's authentic. It's the real McCoy.
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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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the real McCoy

If you describe something as the real McCoy, you mean that it is the original, rather than a copy, and is therefore the best. Most smoked salmon on the market is pretty nasty stuff but this was different — this was the real McCoy. Unlike some other products which are promoted as the real McCoy, this is a genuine Indian product. Note: There are several suggestions about who the original `McCoy' was, including an American boxer, a liquor smuggler, and a Kansas cattle dealer. However, it is more likely that the expression was originally British, and that `McCoy' was originally `Mackay'. There was a 19th century whisky manufacturer called Mackay who advertised his product as `the real Mackay' to distinguish it from other brands with similar names. Alternatively, the expression may come from a dispute between two branches of the MacKay clan over which was older. Eventually the MacKays of Reay, or the `Reay MacKays', won the dispute.
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the real McCoy

the real thing; the genuine article. informal
The origin of this phrase is unknown, but it appears in the form ‘the real Mackay’ in a letter by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1883 . McCoy is glossed as ‘genuine liquor’ in a 1930 edition of the American Mercury.
1992 Jeff Torrington Swing Hammer Swing! ‘How d'you know the armour's real?’ ‘Oh, I'm sure it's the real McCoy.’
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the ˌreal McˈCoy

(informal) the original and therefore the best type of something; the best example of something: It’s an American flying jacket, the real McCoy.This apple pie is the real McCoy. I haven’t eaten one like this for years.This idiom possibly refers to the American boxing champion Kid McCoy. So many people pretended to be him that he started calling himself Kid ‘The Real’ McCoy.
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the (real) McCoy

1. n. something authentic. This is the real McCoy. Nothing else like it.
2. n. pure drugs or alcohol. If it’s not the real McCoy, I don’t want it.
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the McCoy

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the Hatfields and the McCoys

A long-lasting and bloody feud. The Hatfields and the McCoys were two warring families who lived along the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The 1865 murder of a McCoy, a returning Union soldier, allegedly by a band of Confederate sympathizers was attributed to a member of the Hatfield family. The death sparked some thirty years of hatred and much bloodshed between the two clans, a situation that was hardly improved when a McCoy woman ran off to live with a Hatfield who ultimately abandoned her. As word of the lengthy feud spread across the country and for years after it was settled, the two sides became a metaphor for neighborly bad blood. When, for example, two families stopped talking when one chopped down a tree on the property line between them, others in the neighborhood were likely to refer to the situation as “the Hatfields and the McCoys going at it."
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the real McCoy

The genuine article. No one is certain how “McCoy” came to stand for authenticity. It may refer to a Scottish clan leader named McKay; a prizefighter named Kid McCoy, who had a rival with the same name; or a bootlegger whose wares were what he claimed they were.
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Sparks told the federal agent he suspected Johnny McCoy had stolen them, almost five pounds worth.
The informant told Johnny McCoy he had a buyer through a "biker friend" who wanted to purchase a large amount of crystal meth.
Trevor Davidson (Canyon) added to the lead in the third inning with a two run double to center field to score Drew Saberhagen (Calabasas) and Clay Britton (Canyon) to put the McCoys up by three.
The McCoys then put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, scoring four runs on three hits.
The McCoys want to pay their respects, but there's more at stake.
Descendants of the once-feuding patriarchs of the Hatfield and McCoy families are in court in Pike County, Kentucky.
Compiling a database of Web pages where cameras watch places of work--offices, grocery stores, poodle parlors--the McCoys hacked those sites to extract and reair the live image stream on a Web page of their own.
There are elevators in every kind of building, but the McCoys see theirs as "a mini-- business space," surely because, as Kevin says, "We had just finished riding those ninety floors at the World Trade Center.
The brand has had little recent advertising support yet KP claims a 43% rise in McCoys sales last year.
As 75% of McCoys sales come through convenience and impulse, independent retailers can get a special case with 60 packs for the price of 40 during launch.
After a 10-month undercover investigation and 11 alleged drug buys, no arrests were made and no criminal charges were brought against the McCoys or any of their employees.
A city drug-abatement officer later told the McCoys, "The Police Department's not a private security firm and [there] just isn't enough resources to go around to babysit places.
The Hatfields and McCoys were tangled by marriage and many other common interests, not unlike the Montagues and the Capulets.
In addition to their hard work and dedication, the McCoys success stems largely from a franchise program that McCoys themselves have helped refine over the years.
McCoy received National Cartoonists Society prizes for best comic strip ("The Duplex") and best greeting cards.