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an article of faith

Something that one believes strongly, whether or not it is actually true. My mother takes it as an article of faith that the government is always right and should never be questioned. In prep school, it is taken as an article of faith that everyone must go on to college.
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the finished article

Someone or something who has arrived at a point or state of completion or readiness. It's clear that the team's new coach has a ways to go before being the finished article, but his freshman season at the helm has shown a lot of potential and an eagerness to try new things with the players. We're still in the planning stages of the project, so it will be at least until the end of the year before we have the finished article ready for consumers.
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the genuine article

The original, authentic person or thing; the very best example of a type of person or thing. You have to be careful in these market bazaars that what you're buying is the genuine article and not some cheap imitation. Though many had their doubts, the party's new leader has proven herself to be the genuine article.
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genuine article

the real thing rather than a substitute. Is this the genuine article or some cheap imitation substitute? I'll take the genuine article, thanks.
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the genuine article

If you describe something or someone as the genuine article, you mean that they are the original, rather than a copy, or are a real and good example of something. His wrist-watch, in contrast to Keating's genuine article, was a cheap Hong Kong imitation of a Cartier. Their goalkeeper is the genuine article and gives the team confidence between the goalposts.
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an article of faith

a firmly held belief.
Article is here used in the sense of ‘a statement or item in a summary of religious belief’.
1994 Paul Ormerod The Death of Economics It is an article of faith in orthodox economics that free trade between nations is wholly desirable.
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the finished article

something that is complete and ready for use.
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the genuine article

a person or thing considered to be an authentic and excellent example of their kind.
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genuine article

(ˈdʒɛnjəwən ˈɑrtɪklæ and ˈdʒɛnˈjuˈwɑɪn ˈɑrtɪklæ)
n. the real thing rather than a substitute. Is this the genuine article or some cheap made substitute?
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References in classic literature ?
But is it necessary to suppose that these expressions are absolutely irreconcilable to each other; that no ALTERATIONS or PROVISIONS in the articles of the confederation could possibly mould them into a national and adequate government; into such a government as has been proposed by the convention?
Must it of necessity be admitted that this power is infringed, so long as a part of the old articles remain?
The truth is, that the great principles of the Constitution proposed by the convention may be considered less as absolutely new, than as the expansion of principles which are found in the articles of Confederation.
I sighed when I remembered that poor Adrienne had received but about ten dollars for ME--an article worth so much more than that there exhibited.
Ah, I may as well come to the point at once with such a customer as yourself, Miss Halfacre; here is the article on which I pride myself.
This was said with a sort of rapture, the fair creature feeling all the advantage of having so good an opportunity of purchasing so dear an article.
In the old days, when the article arrived, she did not read it at once, she first counted the lines to discover what we should get for it - she and the daughter who was so dear to her had calculated the payment per line, and I remember once overhearing a discussion between them about whether that sub-title meant another sixpence.
He has come across some old manuscripts, or ancient document records, referring to this valley, and they state, according to this article he has written for the magazine, that somewhere in the valley is a wonderful city, traces of which have been found twenty to forty feet below the surface, on which great trees are growing, showing that the city was covered hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago.
The article seems to be written with an idea of interesting scientists and research societies, so that they will raise money to conduct a searching expedition.
The reader may please to observe, that, in the last article of the recovery of my liberty, the emperor stipulates to allow me a quantity of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 Lilliputians.
And remembering that when they met he had corrected the young man about something he had said that betrayed ignorance, Sergey Ivanovitch found the clue to explain the article.
This article was followed by a deadly silence about the book both in the press and in conversation, and Sergey Ivanovitch saw that his six years' task, toiled at with such love and labor, had gone, leaving no trace.
And, as the writer of the article which started this train of thought says with lovable warmth, the sailing of yachts is a fine art.
It was evident that he was delighted with the article.
I say nothing about the article, gentlemen, except that every word is false; I say this because you know it as well as I do.