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carbon copy

noun [C]
 
 
( also carbon) WORKPLACE a copy of a document, made with carbon paper: When credit cards were first introduced, retailers had to run the card through a hand-held machine that created a carbon copy.
a person or thing that is very similar to or exactly like another person or thing: The market trend we are following is almost a carbon copy of what's taken place in the US, Canada, and Australia. →  See also cc
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