pinchbeck


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pinch·beck

 (pĭnch′bĕk′)
n.
1. An alloy of zinc and copper used as imitation gold.
2. A cheap imitation.
adj.
1. Made of pinchbeck.
2. Imitation; spurious.

[After Christopher Pinchbeck (1670?-1732), English watchmaker.]

pinchbeck

(ˈpɪntʃˌbɛk)
n
1. (Jewellery) an alloy of copper and zinc, used as imitation gold
2. a spurious or cheap imitation; sham
adj
3. (Jewellery) made of pinchbeck
4. sham, spurious, or cheap
[C18 (the alloy), C19 (something spurious): after Christopher Pinchbeck (?1670–1732), English watchmaker who invented it]

pinch•beck

(ˈpɪntʃ bɛk)

n.
1. an alloy of copper and zinc, used in imitation of gold.
2. something sham, spurious, or counterfeit.
adj.
3. made of pinchbeck.
4. sham or counterfeit.
[1725–35; after Christopher Pinchbeck (d. 1732), English watchmaker, its inventor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinchbeck - an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold
alloy, metal - a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"
Adj.1.pinchbeck - serving as an imitation or substitute; "pinchbeck heroism"
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"

pinchbeck

noun
An inferior substitute imitating an original:
Translations

pinchbeck

[ˈpɪntʃbek]
A. Nsimilor m
B. CPDde similor (fig) → falso

pinchbeck

n (lit, fig)Talmi nt
adj jewelsaus Talmi
References in classic literature ?
This was the best store we had come across yet; it had everything in it, in small quantities, from anvils and drygoods all the way down to fish and pinchbeck jewelry.
He, however, no doubt would forgive thee, for he was the most humble-minded and courteous knight of his time, and moreover a great protector of damsels; but some there are that might have heard thee, and it would not have been well for thee in that case; for they are not all courteous or mannerly; some are ill-conditioned scoundrels; nor is it everyone that calls himself a gentleman, that is so in all respects; some are gold, others pinchbeck, and all look like gentlemen, but not all can stand the touchstone of truth.
It was a projecting window; and on the inside were suspended a variety of watches, pinchbeck, silver, and one or two of gold, all with their faces turned from the streets, as if churlishly disinclined to inform the wayfarers what o'clock it was.
Tawny, black-eyed, barefooted maids, arrayed in rags and adorned with brazen armlets and pinchbeck ear-rings, were poising water-jars upon their heads, or drawing water from the well.
They tinkle with their pinchbeck, they jingle with their gold.
She has been raised only 3lb for that win, but the chief threat may be Pinchbeck, who goes well here, knows how to win, and looks sure to give a decent account.
Their current address is Wardentree Park, Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire, tel:0177 576 5300.
Construction of just nine two and three-bedroom bungalows has begun on the Meadow Grove development in the village of Pinchbeck, near Spalding.
The Under-13s recorded an emphatic 5-2 win over Division Two side, 21st Allstars A, while the Under-15s tore through a difficult Stokesley side, winning 15-1 with hat-tricks for Meehan and Fawcett and two goals from Gell and Pinchbeck.
With Binanti, Jayanjay, Chief Exec, Hayyaniand Pinchbeck also lining up - each of them having made the first three on their most recent start - this looks highly competitive.
John Pinchbeck played some superb pool, winning three from three.
Watson Backus Machinery have recently moved into new premises a Endeavour House, 7 Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire, tel:0177 576 0056 and are busy adding new machines to their range.