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pinch·beck  audio  (pnchbk) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. An alloy of zinc and copper used as imitation gold.
  2. A cheap imitation.
ADJECTIVE:
  1. Made of pinchbeck.
  2. Imitation; spurious.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Christopher Pinchbeck (1670?-1732), English watchmaker


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