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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.
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

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.
See also: carbon, copy
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Additionally, some scenarios are not compatible with incremental image copy backups.
And the International AIDS Society told me that they do not have some of their earlier conferences, not even a printed copy in their library.
Again for back-up purposes, put a copy of these materials in the archival storage.
the copy scanned from the print version and placed on the hard drive of the library providing the copy; 2.
The copy inscribed and presented by Georg Joachim Rheticus (1514-74), Copernicus' first disciple, who initially oversaw the publication of his opus, noted that its original title had been modified and an anonymous foreword, affirming the immobility of the Earth, had been inserted.
Walls have been given a textural lining of copy paper made into uneven bricks; and the same paper has been used to form three plinths.
For record-keeping purposes, the facility must put a copy of the current notice in every resident's file and maintain a copy of each version of the notice in the facility's business files.
Sry, which is located on the non-recombining region of the Y chromosome, usually exists as a single copy in most mammalian species; however, in many rodent species including Rattus norvegicus more than one copy can exist.
This is great for the home office user who wants to copy booklets for a sales presentation the next day or a corporate user who wants to make full use of his/her workgroup's laser printer without ever having to leave his/her desk to make copies.
FROM time to time, you may need to make a copy of a file or folder - for example, to place a copy of a document in another folder.
An original copy of this historic document is now on a trip across the nation--a journey that will last three-and-a-half years.
* Don't restrict the abilities of others to copy, modify or distribute your modified Linux.
Creditors are not required to give the consumer two separate copies of the document before consummation, one for the consumer to keep and a second copy for the consumer to execute.
A recent survey showed that the vast majority of citizens in Europe only copy for legal purposes and this has no economic impact on rightholders.
A copy must be on file of every rental lease, and every renewal lease, from sponsors, holders of unsold shares, and condominium unit owners (formerly not made available to boards and management).