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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 ?
They tinkle with their pinchbeck, they jingle with their gold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RenewableUK's deputy chief executive Emma Pinchbeck welcomed the news, but said the sector "must do more" to encourage diversity in the UK.
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That danger seems real enough, and indeed, Pinchbeck's analysis of our global problems--from corporate greed to chronic water shortages--is rooted in reality.
R-UK executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: These official figures confirm that its been another record-breaking year for wind energy, which generated 15% of the UKs electricity in 2017.