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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

a copy

Each; apiece. Ugh, are tickets to that concert really $200 a copy?
See also: 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

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.
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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.
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

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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(3) Free or Nominal Rate Copies Mailed at Other Classes Through the USPS (e.g., First-Class Mail)
5 - Thriller - Michael Jackson - 4,272,000 copies sold.
Alicia Keys - The Element Of Freedom - 2.3 million copies
USA Today might have seen the most additional copies, with an extra 380,000 single-copy editions printed by the end of Wednesday, the paper reported.
In that case, a small financial newsletter publisher based in Florida, Lowry's Reports, sued Legg Mason for allegedly making unauthorized copies of a financial newsletter.
"Wollenberg granted the preliminary injunction and ordered the Pirates to surrender all copies of the offending books and all material for making additional copies.
Even if it is called a supplement, often just enough copies are printed to give to those who attend the meeting, and then they are gone.]
A larger percentage of copies are now made by desktop scanners instead of the traditional stand alone copier, Art-Copy 7.5 has added paper handling features to make desktop copying just like using a high end copier duplicator of years past.
Components that are manually managed on DA Form 2408-16 or 2408-16-1 (such as an APU, OH-58D side beams/traverse roof beams/corner mounts/ restraint spring assemblies, AN/ALQ-144(V), and -714A engines) will be reported using a hard copy DA Form 2410 with copies 1-3, IAW DA PAM 738-751.
* How often to make back-up copies and of which materials?
Just write down rows of commands (in this case for making backup copies) in the following format:" copy filename.ext destination." Do this once, and you can copy thousands of files with one click of the mouse on your batch file icon.
Gingerich began his pursuit of the extant copies of Copernicus' work in 1970 after discovering a copy annotated by Erasmus Reinhold (1511-53), the leading professor of astronomy at the time, and creator of the first astronomical tables based on Copernicus' geometric models.
While the less amount one copies, the better, this factor is measured both quantitatively and qualitatively.
I get many e-mails that are continuing "conversations"--that is, I send an e-mail to a colleague, she sends me a response with a copy to three other people, who then respond with copies to everyone.