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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.
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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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carbon copy

Also, cc. An exact duplication. The original carbon copy, long used for correspondence and other written materials, was made by placing a sheet of carbon paper between two sheets of paper, the top one to be copied onto the blank bottom sheet by pressure from a pen, typewriter, or other instrument. Although this type of duplication has become largely obsolete, replaced by photocopying and electronic printers, it survives in the abbreviation cc, used to signal additional recipients of a letter or e-mail. A 1981 film, Carbon Copy, uses the term in the figurative sense; in it a white man discovers he has a black son who wants to be adopted.
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But carbon copy prosecutions do not refer to questions of overlapping jurisdiction among nations, nor does the term implicate hypothetical enforcement opportunities arising out of the quilt-like pattern of overlapping foreign laws that prohibit international bribery.
That is why we are demanding a carbon copy of our answer sheets.
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Now, it's a carbon copy of so many other Gulf states.
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FORMER Hibs boss Tony Mowbray wants to turn new club West Brom into a carbon copy of the Easter Road outfit he left behind.
Constitution goodbye, tear up the Declaration of Independence, and see America converted into a carbon copy of the many previous despotic regimes across the world."
Just four minutes later, the Lambs' hit-man scored an almost carbon copy of his first strike when he again popped up to tuck the ball home.
The package included macabre photographs, a coroner's report, apparently bloodstained fabric sample and a "wanted" picture of a suspect dubbed "The Carbon Copy Killer".
After all, with calls for votes for 16-year-olds, a parliament for Wales, support for the Welsh language, local income tax to replace council tax and a higher tax band for high earners, it's a virtual carbon copy of those policies being championed by Liberal Democrats for many years.
But the site is a carbon copy of the original - set up by sophisticated criminal gangs who access names, account details and passwords.
To ensure that this migration runs on schedule, Altiris has supplied DB Systems with 60,000 licences for its Deployment Solution and Carbon Copy Solution.
Two smash and grab thieves, who escaped with jewellery worth more than pounds 1.2 million in carbon copy raids on the same exclusive store, laughed and joked yesterday as they were each jailed for nine years.
The carbon copy plants that produce Ford's I-4 engine family began the process of equipment and layout commonization (see May 2002 AD&P, "Ford's Future Factory--Now!"), but still make use of some dedicated transfer lines.
HResults were taken from the bank of screens and added to the top copy of the bet with the carbon copy placed underneath.