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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.
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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.
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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.
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In part by using the obituaries that Jack copies down, the author makes the case that young people ought to know and care about those who have gone before them.
If one of our clerks copies down the wrong insurance card number, they can go back to RAS and get the correct ID number.
For there is a reason why the boy has never come across Carax's work before - a mad man has been systematically tracking copies down and burning them, with or without the owner's permission.
It is part of the school curriculum and Helen's publishers Harper Collins say the book sells right across the country - in fact more copies down South than up North.
It is a royal PITA to get hard copies down to Chicago unless I happen to be going there anyway; otherwise, I have to either find a willing colleague who will run it to the judge's chambers; hire a courier service; or send it by overnight mail, an expensive proposition even for small filings.
Michael doesn't peek, but he copies down the return address and tracks down the grandmother who walked out when his father was barely out of diapers.
Together we produced an anthology of our work, but whereas normally they would sell 12 copies down the local pub and that's it, we were the first year to make ours into a book.
The paper also slashed its third party copies down to zero.
For example, in order to supply branches of a well-known bookshop in Leamington and Nuneaton, I have to send copies down to Sussex, only for them to be shipped straight back to Warwickshire.
So instead, the writer copies down all the jargon, nods as if he understands, and then has no choice but to use all the mysterious words in the story.
Replicas can be identical copies down to the finest detail and police fear criminals graduate from using knives to imitation firearms.
Could it be that one of the mail-order company's employees actually follows my trucks from job to job and copies down the customers' names and mailing addresses?
Today, the FAC uses a map to find a target he copies down the grid coordinates and radios the pilot to "stand by for a nine-line.
Pamela Anderson could stuff a couple of copies down her bra now those dangerous implants have gone.
Of course, they've got no idea who I am - Wannabe didn't sell a lot of copies down this way," she said.