second cousin

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second cousin

Slightly similar or related to something else, while being noticeably different or unique. Usually followed by "to" or "of (something)." It's clear that, from design, power, and aesthetic, their new sports car is second cousin to the classic muscle cars of the 1950s.
See also: cousin, second

second cousin

Something that is related or similar but not quite the same, as in This beef stew is second cousin to boeuf bourguignon. This expression transfers the literal sense of second cousin-that is, the child of the first cousin of one's mother or father-a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
See also: cousin, second
References in classic literature ?
Joseph Elliott of Markdale, a second cousin of mother's."
She is a second cousin of father's but we've never seen her.
president of Playa Asya, which operates Asya Boracay and Asya Premier Suites, and a second cousin of the former Philippine leader; Maria Theresa E.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who will take part in the Plantagenet monarch's reburial, is a second cousin of the king, 16 times removed, experts said.
Hunter is alleged to have repeatedly plunged scissors into James, a second cousin of Sir Ranulph.
Balotelli chased the blonde - second cousin of Rooney - for months after falling for her in a nightclub.
A second cousin of the Queen, Lady Helen is said to be `` delighted'' to have had a girl.
The body of Hillel Lieberman, 36, the son of a New York rabbi and a second cousin of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, who is the Democratic candidate for vice president in the US presidential elections, is found in a gully near Nablus.
Ferdinand, a second cousin of Newcastle striker Les, said: "I've still got a lot to learn and I want to do it at Upton Park."
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