carbon copy

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carbon copy (plural carbon copies)

  1. A copy produced in an alternated stack of ordinary sheets of paper and carbon papers. The pressure applied on the top sheet (by a pen or typewriter) causes every carbon paper to release its carbon cover, thus reproducing the writing on the subjacent layers of paper.
    Synonym: (abbreviation) cc
    In preparing the contract, we'll make a carbon copy for our records.
  2. (figuratively) Any duplicate.
    This new home is simply a carbon copy of the one down the street.

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carbon copy (third-person singular simple present carbon copies, present participle carbon copying, simple past and past participle carbon copied)

  1. (transitive) To create a carbon copy of.
    Please carbon copy this contract for our records.
  2. (Internet) To send a duplicate copy of an email to.
    Synonym: (abbreviation) cc


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