Meaning of “carbon copy” in the English Dictionary

"carbon copy" in British English

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(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).

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"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 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.
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(Definition of “carbon copy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)