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English definition of “pale imitation”

pale imitation

noun [C] uk   us  
something that is similar to but not as good as something else: Modern luxury ships are a pale imitation of the glamour and style of the early ocean liners.Worse and worstSimilar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
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