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the genuine article

The original, authentic person or thing; the very best example of a type of person or thing. You have to be careful in these market bazaars that what you're buying is the genuine article and not some cheap imitation. Though many had their doubts, the party's new leader has proven herself to be the genuine article.
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genuine article

the real thing rather than a substitute. Is this the genuine article or some cheap imitation substitute? I'll take the genuine article, thanks.
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the genuine article

If you describe something or someone as the genuine article, you mean that they are the original, rather than a copy, or are a real and good example of something. His wrist-watch, in contrast to Keating's genuine article, was a cheap Hong Kong imitation of a Cartier. Their goalkeeper is the genuine article and gives the team confidence between the goalposts.
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the genuine article

a person or thing considered to be an authentic and excellent example of their kind.
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genuine article

(ˈdʒɛnjəwən ˈɑrtɪklæ and ˈdʒɛnˈjuˈwɑɪn ˈɑrtɪklæ)
n. the real thing rather than a substitute. Is this the genuine article or some cheap made substitute?
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References in classic literature ?
In every case there was some little defect, which showed the genuine article was not yet found.
My power was colossal; and it was not a mere name, as such things have generally been, it was the genuine article. I stood here, at the very spring and source of the second great period of the world's history; and could see the trickling stream of that history gather and deepen and broaden, and roll its mighty tides down the far centuries; and I could note the upspringing of adven- turers like myself in the shelter of its long array of thrones: De Montforts, Gavestons, Mortimers, Villier- ses; the war-making, campaign-directing wantons of France, and Charles the Second's scepter-wielding drabs; but nowhere in the procession was my full- sized fellow visible.
"It IS fun--when you're the genuine article," agreed his Majesty.
We have really enough to do to look after the genuine article. You can't say we are not effective.
Whereabout in the bonnet and drapery announced by her name, any fragment of the real woman may be concealed, is perhaps known to her maid; but you could easily buy all you see of her, in Bond Street; or you might scalp her, and peel her, and scrape her, and make two Lady Tippinses out of her, and yet not penetrate to the genuine article. She has a large gold eye-glass, has Lady Tippins, to survey the proceedings with.
Encouraged by his success, in the evening, when they were sitting alone in the large study, where East lived now almost, "vice Arthur on leave," after examining the new fishing-rod, which both pronounced to be the genuine article ("play enough to throw a midge tied on a single hair against the wind, and strength enough to hold a grampus"), they naturally began talking about Arthur.
Scores of exhibits took their place alongside the genuine articles on the town's showground, where visitors could also steer radiocontrolled cars around a special circuit.
Local heroes include The Genuine Articles, Shoot The Freak and Notion.
At first sight they looked like the genuine articles, which could easily have been accepted by shop assistants in a hurry, the court heard.
They are, unless you look at them closely, in appearance, the genuine article." Having produced them, both used them.
Lab tests showed they had between 3.5mg and 3.7mg of nicotine, compared to 8.5mg and 8.8mg in the genuine articles.
Tests we conducted on fake Benson & Hedges being sold over the counter for just 50p less than the genuine article show 50 per cent LESS nicotine in a puff.
I don't know how popular it will be with the punters but it will make the pub just like the genuine articles over here.
The genuine articles deserve our support and admiration for giving up their time.