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the real McCoy

Something that is genuine, authentic, or exactly what it is claimed to be; the real thing. The origin of this phrase is not definitively known. A: "The traveling salesman said this diamond was the real McCoy!" B: "And you believed him?" Boy, that superstar lawyer they brought in is the real McCoy. She's the one who took down Big Oil in court!
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the Hatfields and the McCoys

Any group or pair of parties engaged in bitter feuding or infighting. Alludes to an infamous feud between two rural families along the border between Kentucky and West Virginia. The country's population is becoming more and more the Hatfields and the McCoys, as we drift further and further to the extremes of the political spectrum and demonize anyone on the other side. A vocal and influential group of programmers within the company were bitterly dissatisfied with the trajectory of the business, leading it to become something of the Hatfields and the McCoys for a number of years, before the programmers left to form their own company.
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real McCoy

an authentic thing or person. Of course it's authentic. It's the real McCoy.
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real McCoy, the

Also, the McCoy. The genuine thing, as in That painting's not a reproduction-it's the real McCoy. This idiom has a disputed origin, but the most likely source is its use to distinguish welterweight champion "Kid McCoy," the name used by Norman Selby (1873-1940), from other boxers using his name to capitalize on his popularity. [c. 1900]
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the real McCoy

If you describe something as the real McCoy, you mean that it is the original, rather than a copy, and is therefore the best. Most smoked salmon on the market is pretty nasty stuff but this was different — this was the real McCoy. Unlike some other products which are promoted as the real McCoy, this is a genuine Indian product. Note: There are several suggestions about who the original `McCoy' was, including an American boxer, a liquor smuggler, and a Kansas cattle dealer. However, it is more likely that the expression was originally British, and that `McCoy' was originally `Mackay'. There was a 19th century whisky manufacturer called Mackay who advertised his product as `the real Mackay' to distinguish it from other brands with similar names. Alternatively, the expression may come from a dispute between two branches of the MacKay clan over which was older. Eventually the MacKays of Reay, or the `Reay MacKays', won the dispute.
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the real McCoy

the real thing; the genuine article. informal
The origin of this phrase is unknown, but it appears in the form ‘the real Mackay’ in a letter by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1883 . McCoy is glossed as ‘genuine liquor’ in a 1930 edition of the American Mercury.
1992 Jeff Torrington Swing Hammer Swing! ‘How d'you know the armour's real?’ ‘Oh, I'm sure it's the real McCoy.’
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the ˌreal McˈCoy

(informal) the original and therefore the best type of something; the best example of something: It’s an American flying jacket, the real McCoy.This apple pie is the real McCoy. I haven’t eaten one like this for years.This idiom possibly refers to the American boxing champion Kid McCoy. So many people pretended to be him that he started calling himself Kid ‘The Real’ McCoy.
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the (real) McCoy

1. n. something authentic. This is the real McCoy. Nothing else like it.
2. n. pure drugs or alcohol. If it’s not the real McCoy, I don’t want it.
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the McCoy

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the Hatfields and the McCoys

A long-lasting and bloody feud. The Hatfields and the McCoys were two warring families who lived along the West Virginia-Kentucky border. The 1865 murder of a McCoy, a returning Union soldier, allegedly by a band of Confederate sympathizers was attributed to a member of the Hatfield family. The death sparked some thirty years of hatred and much bloodshed between the two clans, a situation that was hardly improved when a McCoy woman ran off to live with a Hatfield who ultimately abandoned her. As word of the lengthy feud spread across the country and for years after it was settled, the two sides became a metaphor for neighborly bad blood. When, for example, two families stopped talking when one chopped down a tree on the property line between them, others in the neighborhood were likely to refer to the situation as “the Hatfields and the McCoys going at it."
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the real McCoy

The genuine article. No one is certain how “McCoy” came to stand for authenticity. It may refer to a Scottish clan leader named McKay; a prizefighter named Kid McCoy, who had a rival with the same name; or a bootlegger whose wares were what he claimed they were.
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It was unfortunate that almost all of the meetings I'd planned to go to last week were abandoned," reflected McCoy.
I care about improving the quality of the security industry and providing professional development opportunities for my staff," states McCoy.
McCoy estimated that 5% of the 2 million people exposed to welding fumes show symptoms of a neurological disorder, "but they don't see a neurologist until they're really bad.
Distribution managers need to provide that capability to discharge onto a train or a tractor or a truck and move it inland to a staging area where you tan further make distributions of the material," said McCoy.
Even though McCoy only deals with Hamlet in this chapter, his emphasis on the closet scene demonstrates Hamlet's fascination with the conjoined nature of his father's physical body and his spirit, which also points to James I's doctrine of the king's two bodies and its reliance on sacredness.
Teesside Crown Court heard how a man who was well-known to police as a drug addict was seen approaching a car in which McCoy was a passenger.
According to McCoy, with the cultural desire to "locate the sacred somewhere" (22), the English political and social imagination magnified the potency of the idea of royal supremacy.
McCoy was most enthusiastic about the addition of a dance wellness center, which "will consolidate Pilates and massage facilities and cardiovascular equipment.
McCoy galloped into racing folklore with victory number 1,700 on Mighty Montefalco in the Everidge Handicap Hurdle.
McCoy, who last season smashed Sir Gordon Richards' record for the number of winners in a season, produced his trademark strong finish on the Jonjo O'Neill-trained horse to secure his new record.
The defendant, John Vance, owns property adjoining the McCoy cemetery and claims that the gravel road leading to the cemetery is a private drive.
Tony McCoy broke Sir Gordon Richards' long-standing record for the number of winners in a season when notching his 270th win of the campaign at Warwick yesterday.
CHAMPION jockey Tony McCoy will be hoping for better luck today if he resumes his bid for the fastest-ever 200 winners in a season.
I don't know if you can ever fully plan in advance to the degree that you would want to in the event of a hostile situation," says Robert McCoy, then Wachovia's chief financial officer and a key trooper in the negotiations alongside Wachovia CEO Leslie "Bud" Baker, who now serves as chairman.