copybook


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cop·y·book

 (kŏp′ē-bo͝ok′)
n.
An exercise book containing models of penmanship, used in teaching handwriting.
adj.
Unoriginal; trite: used copybook phrases in the essay.

copybook

(ˈkɒpɪˌbʊk)
n
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) a book of specimens, esp of penmanship, for imitation
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) chiefly US a book for or containing documents
3. blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
4. (modifier) trite or unoriginal: copybook sentiments.

cop•y•book

(ˈkɒp iˌbʊk)

n.
a book containing models, usu. of penmanship, for learners to imitate.
[1550–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copybook - a book containing models of good penmanshipcopybook - a book containing models of good penmanship; used in teaching penmanship
book - a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"
Translations

copybook

[ˈkɒpɪbʊk]
A. Ncuaderno m de escritura
to blot one's copybookmanchar su reputación
B. CPDperfecto
the pilot made a copybook landingel piloto hizo un aterrizaje de libro

copybook

[ˈkɒpibʊk] adj (mainly British) (= perfect) → modèle

copybook

[ˈkɒpɪˌbʊk] nquaderno
to blot one's copybook (fig) → rovinarsi la reputazione
References in classic literature ?
I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks, and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end," he said dolefully.
His schoolhouse was a low building of one large room, rudely constructed of logs; the windows partly glazed, and partly patched with leaves of old copybooks.
After some ineffectual remonstrance I kept away from him, staying in a room--evidently a children's schoolroom--containing globes, forms, and copybooks.
To follow Tarzan's strange system of spelling would be laborious as well as futile, and so we shall in the future, as we have in the past, adhere to the more familiar forms of our grammar school copybooks.
A spin when the circuit was damp after having just fitted slick tyres was the only blot on Hamilton's copybook, but the reigning champion still racked up 117 laps and 208 overall for his two days behind the wheel of the W06-Hybrid.
Thanks to his copybook technique, many thought he would find it hard to adapt to the slam- bang version.
The grey, an impressive winner at Aintree early last month, blotted his copybook when well beaten behind Bobs Worth in Ireland over Christmas.
THE only blot I can find on Tommy Fleetwood's copybook is the fact he is an Everton fan.
And perhaps Harry wouldn't be so keen on the hassle that the 30-year-old, who has even managed to blot his copybook in France despite the lovely surroundings, would bring back to Loftus Road.
Gibbs edged the visitors back in front just before the break, but then blotted his copybook with a second half dismissal.
Effects wizards Colin and Greg Strause blotted their copybook with the horrendous Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem, so this directorial follow up is a welcome relief.
The missile, with a range of more than 5000 kms, followed the entire trajectory in copybook style perfection as the three stages of Propulsion dropped and fell at appropriate intervals into the Bay of Bengal.