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blot (one's) copy book

To tarnish, damage, or ruin one's reputation by behaving badly or committing some mistake or social transgression. Refers to a child's copy book, the blotting (staining with ink) of which ruins one's work. Primarily heard in UK. The local councilor blotted his copy book when it came to light that he had accepted bribes to allow unregulated development projects to go ahead. I really blotted my copy book when I spilled my drink on the visiting dignitary last night.
See also: blot, book, copy

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.
See also: carbon, copy

copy down

To write something exactly as it is said or written in another place or source. A noun or pronoun can be used between "copy" and "down" or after "down." Did you copy down the instructions the boss gave for this project? Be sure to copy your homework down—it's written on the blackboard.
See also: copy, down

copy out (by hand)

To write something by hand (as opposed to typing). A noun or pronoun can be used between "copy" and "out." My grandmother used to copy out all of her recipes by hand on index cards.
See also: copy, out

copy (something) out of (something)

To write something exactly as it appeared in another source. My grandmother used to copy all of her recipes out of cookbooks and onto index cards.
See also: copy, of, out

copy something down (from someone or something)

to copy onto paper what someone says; to copy onto paper what one reads. Please copy this down from Tony. Ted copied down the directions from the invitation. Jane copied the recipe down from the cookbook.
See also: copy, down

copy something out (by hand)

to copy something in handwriting. I have to copy this out again. I lost the first copy. Please copy out this article for me.
See also: copy, out

copy something out of something

 and copy something out
to copy something onto paper from a book or document. Did you copy this out of a book? I did not copy this paper or any part of it out of anything. I copied out most of it.
See also: copy, of, out

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]
See also: carbon, copy

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.
See also: carbon, copy

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.
See also: carbon, copy

copy down

To write something exactly as it is said or written somewhere else; transcribe something: I'll be out tomorrow, so please copy down what the teacher says. Copy the instructions down so you don't forget them.
See also: copy, down

a copy

n. a piece, as with an item produced. We sell the toy at $14 a copy.
See also: copy
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In order to make full use of disc space of DVD5, this DVD Copy offers D9 to D5 compression function for users to back up D9 movies to D5 disc.
With CDP, the secondary copy is a time-stamped continuum of data points providing an infinitely granular sequential history of write events.
Except for requests for Form 5500-EZ, Annual Return of One-Participant (Owners and Their Spouses) Retirement Plans, written requests to inspect or to obtain a copy of this information should be sent to: Department of Labor, Public Disclosure, Room N-5638, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20210.
The copy owned by Johannes Kepler has an inscription indicating that Andreas Osiander (1498-1552) was the anonymous author of the foreword.
For example, in SafeDisc, we use the technology to copy protect software; in SafeAuthenticate, we use the technology to conveniently authenticate and copy protect the rights for pre-compressed audio and video content either locally on the media or over the Internet.
DVD Copy Plus allows the user to make a compressed lower-quality copy of the original DVD and burn it onto a blank CD, which can then be viewed in a home DVD player - backing up ``Bambi,'' if you will.
We're Cleveland-based and that means we have a real commitment to the local community," explained Raimondo, president of Copy America/Original and president of AFMG.
This allows many copiers to be purchased initially in their least expensive configuration, then beefed up over several years to meet expanding copy requirements.
There is no necessity to make a copy of the data at the point a snapshot is taken.
Nasdaq:SPLS) is going streetside for tax deadline day, deploying mobile Copy & Print Centers on the curb next to the busiest post offices in six cities across the country including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Except for the historical statements contained herein, the foregoing release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding InterVideo's DVD Copy 5 product.
Split-mirror snapshots create an instantaneous second copy of data that can be used at a later time to recover data: this is accomplished by mirroring disk drives and then breaking the mirror.
Also, if the single-user license is silent about the purchaser's right to make a backup copy or adaptation, then making either of them for archival purposes or as an essential step in using the program on a machine should be permitted, since doing so is allowed under the Copyright Act.
However, copying remains an important issue for the industry, as the number of copy attempts increased from 45 million in 1990 to 48 million in 1993, and VCR households still have nearly one illegal copy of a prerecorded videocassette for every four legal ones.