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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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Engineers have met several times since to resolve the copying issue, focusing first on a method to prevent copies from one digital disc to another.
If an organization does not require prepayment, and the requester does not prepay, the organization must receive his or her consent before providing copies when the copying and postage fee exceeds $20.
An exempt organization may avoid the burden of copying documents if it otherwise makes them widely available to the public.
The usual practice in copying a tape at home is to pause the copying machine to omit unwanted footage.
To reduce the possibility of personal liability, companies should take firm action to quash unauthorized use, copying or distribution of computer software.
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.
Many offices initially require several copiers with different capabilities: one for mass duplication, for example, one for general copying work and one for sophisticated editing or color copying.
Best of all, DB Copy Expert features easy-to-use intuitive graphical interface supporting convenient drag-and-drop methods that make copying and migrating schema objects and data between Oracle databases as simple as copying files between folders using Windows Explorer.
As always, QuietTiger's goal is to offer a CD and DVD platform that delivers unparalleled features for consumers, while consistently staying ahead of those that still refuse to understand that copying CDs or DVDs and then giving that copied content to friends is the same as stealing.
Enhancements Such as Multi-Threaded Copying and Automatic Retry of Failed Jobs Streamline Windows NT to Active Directory Migrations and Storage Consolidation
From robust stand-alone digital document systems to fully networked multifunctional devices that combine copying, faxing, scanning and printing in a single unit, Sharp has the right product to meet any business need," said George Grafanakis, Senior Product Manager, Sharp.
Boasting a 160-gigabyte built-in hard disk drive (HDD) and 48X high-speed copying, the PRV-9200 offers speedy, simplified and convenient creation of compliant DVD-Video discs without the need for a computer or authoring software.
SunnComm and its record label customers believe that the use of MediaMax can help stem the casual and illegal copying of recorded CD music.
Burning DVD-Videos or disc images stored on a hard drive to disc can be simplified by moving DVD titles to a folder, loading them as a source drive and copying them to a disc.
Incorporated with DVD Copy 3, is InterVideo's innovative UniPass(R) technology that directly copies from the source to the CD/DVD without re-rendering and buffering, so copying time can be dramatically reduce.