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carbon copy

1. A copy of a document that is made by placing a sheet of carbon paper under the original so that the print gets transferred from the original to the sheet of paper below it. Carbon copies are largely obsolete but are still used in some cases for receipts. Could you please make a carbon copy of that invoice? I need it for my records.
2. To include additional recipients on an email message that is intended for, or directed to, another person. Often abbreviated as "cc." Please carbon copy me on that email to Janice. I want her to know I am aware of the situation.
3. A person or thing that closely resembles someone or something else in looks or attributes. Even though they were born several years apart, Darren is a carbon copy of his brother. They have the same gait, mannerisms, and hairstyle.
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carbon copy

A person or thing that closely resembles another, as in Our grandson is a carbon copy of his dad. Originally this term meant a copy of a document made by using carbon paper. The linguistic transfer to other kinds of duplicate survived the demise of carbon paper (replaced by photocopiers, computer printers, and other more sophisticated devices). [c. 1870]
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a carbon copy

COMMON If one person or thing is a carbon copy of another, the two people or things are identical, or very similar. Hugh was a carbon copy of his father, Edward; both had the same blond hair and easy charm. The town, almost a carbon copy of Gualdo, is best known for its mineral waters. Note: A carbon copy of a document is an exact copy of it which is made using carbon paper.
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carbon copy

a person or thing identical or very similar to another.
The expression comes from the idea of an exact copy of written or typed material made by using carbon paper.
See also: carbon, copy

a ˌcarbon ˈcopy

a person or thing that is exactly or extremely like another: The recent robberies in Leeds are a carbon copy of those that have occurred in Halifax over the last few months.
A carbon copy is a copy of a document, letter, etc. made by placing carbon paper (= thin paper with a dark substance on one side) between two sheets of paper.
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HWhen staff were again busy or distracted, the top copy was returned to the bookmaker's side of the counter with the carbon copy retained to collect the bet.
This bill is a virtual carbon copy of one that cleared the Senate late last year.
5 also introduces new usability enhancements such as the ability to add carbon copy (CC) and blind carbon copy (BCC) recipients for the file transfer process.
Hughes warmed up for today's clash with Arsenal by proving you never lose it as he showed off a carbon copy in training of this effort for Chelsea in 1997.
His first came after 12 minutes when he volleyed home Dean Furman's cross into the area and he was on target again with a carbon copy of his first strike.
Anear-10lb net of skimmers and roach gave Ewan Weed victory, just over 2lb ahead of Nigel Foulds, with Richie Vernon weighing in 6lb 8oz for third to complete a near carbon copy of the result of two weeks earlier and a hat-trick of top-three finishes for Nigel.
Las Lomas is a carbon copy of both of these ``in your face'' rulings by our city and county officials.
On 14 minutes defender Trevor Fleming made it two for the home side with a carbon copy of McBride's goal.
Why would I want to buy a carbon copy off he original when I can buy the real thing?
SEA STORM gained his second win over course and distance when beating Carbon Copy
Bcc means "blind carbon copy," and it allows you to send e-mails to as many friends as you wish without disclosing your entire mailing list to every recipient.
His passion is for individual freedom--neither as a carbon copy of a heterosexual nor as a gay victim.
Steele had a carbon copy chance to make it two but this time a great tackle by Whelan saved Chester.
Record Authenticity eI maintains a carbon copy of the complete record to ensure tamper-proof safeguards on all information for authentic metadata recovery at any time without any system downtime
The Bantams continued to push forward in search of more goals and Thorne was on target again with a carbon copy of his first strike.