copybook
noun Date: 1588 a book formerly used in teaching penmanship and containing models for imitation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Copybook — may refer to: Copybook (education), a book containing examples and space for writing down copies of the examples. Copybook (programming), source code that can be copied or included into other programs. This disambiguation page lists articles… …   Wikipedia

  • copybook — n. a book containing models of good penmanship; used in teaching penmanship. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • copybook — ► NOUN 1) a book containing models of handwriting for learners to imitate. 2) (before another noun ) exactly in accordance with established standards: a copybook landing …   English terms dictionary

  • copybook — [käp′ēbook΄] n. a book containing models of handwriting, formerly used in teaching penmanship adj. ordinary; trite; commonplace [copybook maxims] …   English World dictionary

  • copybook — [[t]kɒ̱pibʊk[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n A copybook action is done perfectly, according to established rules. [mainly BRIT] Yuri gave a copybook display. 2) PHRASE: V inflects If you blot your copybook, you spoil your good reputation by doing… …   English dictionary

  • copybook — n. (BE) to blot one s copybook ( to ruin one s reputation ) * * * (BE) to blot one s copybook ( to ruin one s reputation ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • copybook — 1 noun (C) a book used in the past containing examples of good handwriting to copy see also: blot your copybook blot 1 (2) 2 adjective (only before noun) BrE completely suitable or correct: a copybook answer …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • copybook — /kop ee book /, n. 1. a book containing models, usually of penmanship, for learners to imitate. 2. a book for or containing copies, as of documents. adj. 3. commonplace; stereotyped: a copybook sort of phrase. [1550 60; COPY + BOOK] * * * …   Universalium

  • copybook — cop|y|book [ˈkɔpibuk US ˈka: ] adj [only before noun] completely suitable or correct ▪ a copybook answer …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • copybook — /ˈkɒpibʊk / (say kopeebook) noun 1. a book in which copies are written or printed for learners to imitate. 2. US a book for or containing copies, as of documents. –adjective 3. (in some sports) according to the rules; excellent; conforming to… …   Australian English dictionary

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