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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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an article of faith

something that is accepted as being true The importance of a balanced budget had become an article of faith among conservatives.
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an article of faith

something that someone believes very strongly without thinking about whether it could be wrong It was an article of faith with Mona that everything she used should be recycled.
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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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