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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 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

a carbon copy

someone or something that is extremely similar to someone or something else (usually + of ) He's a carbon copy of his father.
See also: carbon, copy

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

copy down

v.
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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Since the last update, both the DVD copying functions and the compatibility of copied DVDs has been greatly improved.
If you click on the down-pointing arrow, the screen at right will appear, giving you the option of moving (or copying, if you checked the Create a copy box) to a new file, which is automatically named Book1 by Excel.
It is the most effective way to deter back-to-back copying, and so is used by film distributors, special interest producers and organizations to protect copyrighted video material.
This is one of the biggest cases of repeat copyright infringement by a copy shop on record, and we believe the specific allegations cited in the law suit are representative of a much larger pattern of unauthorized copying by Custom Copies," said Allan A.
And by combining conversion and copying capabilities in a single solution, we're giving consumers a growth path to the future.
Slightly lower copying intention rates were found for "The Adams Family," "Star Trek VI," and "Bugsy.
Nevertheless, it's often cost-effective to select a copier with some productivity-improving features, such as a faster copying speed, image reduction and enlargement, an automatic document feeder, multiple-feed bins or a copy sorter.
It is estimated that software manufacturers have lost billions of dollars in the last decade because of unauthorized use and illegal copying of computer programs.
This follow-up to the successful DVD Copy series includes a number of new features and innovations that makes it the best choice for disc copying and backup needs.
It was less than four months ago that ACE owners John Baron and Tony Mangia approached Copy America/Original owners Don Raimondo and Gina Colucci regarding the formation of a new company dedicated to the facilities management of office services that are currently related to large corporate copy centers, including copying, faxing, printing and mail room services.
If copy protection usage decreases, fewer copiers will encounter copy-protected cassettes, and fewer will experience copying problems.
This is solved by copying the data to tape after the backups are complete.
Describe the amount, form and timeliness of payment of any fees for copying and postage the organization may charge.
DVD Copy 5 offers so many features that go well beyond copying DVDs," said Blaine Mathieu, General Manager of Corel's Digital Media business.
However, that possibility alarms the recording industry, which has been championing an electronic system designed to prevent people from freely copying recorded music.