the real McCoy

np Something genuine. That girl of his is not just good-looking; she's the real McCoy. 1920s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • The real McCoy — is an idiom used throughout much of the English speaking world to mean the real thing or the genuine article e.g., he s the real McCoy . Its origins, though generally thought to be nineteenth or early twentieth century, are somewhat obscure.In… …   Wikipedia

  • the real McCoy — (also US the McCoy) informal : something or someone that is real or genuine : something or someone that is not a copy or imitation Is that a fake gun, or is it the real McCoy? [=is it a real gun?] These diamonds look like the real McCoy, but they …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) real McCoy — the real McCoy phrase something that is real and not a copy There are lots of sparkling wines that you could drink instead of champagne, but this is the real McCoy. Thesaurus: quality of being real and something that is realsynonym Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Real McCoy's — are a brand of ruffled crisps (known as potato chips in the US) popular in the United Kingdom, made by United Biscuits. The product comes in a variety of flavours with Flame Grilled Steak and Salt Vinegar being the most popular. As of 2006,… …   Wikipedia

  • the real McCoy — the real thing, the genuine one    This painting is the real McCoy. It s the original! …   English idioms

  • (the) real McCoy — the real thing and not a copy or something similar. Cheap sparkling wines cannot be labelled champagne . It has to be the real McCoy …   New idioms dictionary

  • the Real McCoy — Meaning The real thing not a substitute. Origin This rivals the whole nine yards , okay and the full monty for pre eminence in the I can explain that phrase stakes. As usual, plausibility and frequent retelling are considered enough for absolute… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • the real McCoy — something that is real and not a copy There are lots of sparkling wines that you could drink instead of champagne, but this is the real McCoy …   English dictionary

  • the real McCoy — informal the real thing; the genuine article. → McCoy …   English new terms dictionary

  • the real McCoy — (Slang) real or genuine person or thing; the real thing (not a substitute) …   English contemporary dictionary

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