carbon copy Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"carbon copy" in British English

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carbon copynoun [C]

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carbon copy noun [C] (DOCUMENT)

(also carbon) a ​copy of a ​document, made with carbon ​paper

carbon copy noun [C] (SAME APPEARANCE)

a ​person or thing that is very ​similar to or ​exactly like another ​person or thing: She's a carbon ​copy of her ​mother.
(Definition of carbon copy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carbon copy" in American English

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carbon copynoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑr·bən ˈkɑp·i/
an ​exact copy of something: fig. The ​girl is a carbon copy of her ​mother (= they are very ​similar).
(Definition of carbon copy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"carbon copy" in Business English

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carbon copynoun [C]

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(also carbon) WORKPLACE a ​copy of a ​document, made with carbon ​paper: When ​creditcards 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 ​markettrend we are ​following is almost a carbon ​copy of what's taken ​place in the US, Canada, and Australia.
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(Definition of carbon copy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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