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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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