dead ringer

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dead′ ring′er

a person or thing that closely resembles another.
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Noun1.dead ringer - a person who is almost identical to anotherdead ringer - a person who is almost identical to another
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
look-alike, double, image - someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor); "he could be Gingrich's double"; "she's the very image of her mother"
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Peugeot's 308RCZ is a dead ringer for Audi's TT but the French claim their effort is far more practical.
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Heaven Can Wait StDavid's Hall, Cardiff STEVE Steinman is a dead ringer for rock superstar Meat Loaf - and he brings his tribute show to Cardiff on Tuesday night.
DOING a fantastic and very sexy impression of Cheryl Cole, here's Michelle Keegan giving fans a proper Coronation treat The actress is a dead ringer for the singer in this light-hearted photoshoot.
CRYSTAL CLEAR The giant eyeball is a dead ringer for the eye of Monsters Inc's Mike, right
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