Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An exercise book containing models of penmanship, used in teaching handwriting.
  • adj. Unoriginal; trite: used copybook phrases in the essay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A student’s exercise book containing samples of good handwriting to be copied
  • n. A series of instructions or data definitions copied into multiple programs from a shared library; boilerplate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a book in which copies are written or printed for learners to imitate.
  • n. a book containing models of good penmanship; used in teaching penmanship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book in which copies are written or printed for learners to imitate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a book containing models of good penmanship; used in teaching penmanship

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Examples

  • The only blot on his copybook was the booking he earned for his cellies as he launched himself into the fans.

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  • "Instead it is going to be seen as a glaring miss and a blot on his copybook, which is sad for him.

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  • He added: "It should have been seen as the crowning moment of a great performance but instead it is going to be seen as a glaring miss and a blot on his copybook which is sad for him.

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  • "It should have been seen as the crowning moment of a great performance but instead it is going to be seen as a glaring miss and a blot on his copybook which is sad for him.

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  • "Really it should have been seen as the crowning moment of a great performance but instead it is going to be seen as a glaring miss and a blot on his copybook which is sad for him.

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  • This year, we have had absolutely copybook monsoons so far.

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  • Not as well known was another copybook exercise aimed at preparing him for the practical aspects of being an aristocrat.

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  • I gave her a notebook, not fancy, but not the plain copybook she used for classwork.

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  • The U.S. is not so civilized, and that's a blot on our national copybook.

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  • Stoke improved after the interval and were thrown a lifeline when Ba blotted his copybook by barging over Peter Crouch.

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