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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 ?
After some ineffectual remonstrance I kept away from him, staying in a room--evidently a children's schoolroom--containing globes, forms, and copybooks.
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.
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.
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.
Anderson was also a poet who filled his copybooks with original verse and songs.
Through the provision of stationery, copybooks and back to school kits to all school children, we are aiming to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure for Palestine refugee families, thus addressing one of the bottlenecks that can prevent children from going to school," she said.
Environment Division SELECT/ASSIGN statements and Data Division FD statements are generated for up to four (4) input/output files and can include expanded copybooks is the user chooses to upload them via the online form.