Definition of copybook in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒpɪbʊk/


A book containing models of handwriting for learners to imitate.
Example sentences
  • Models are then provided for copying and developing in various ways: usually the teacher's own handwriting and specimens in copybooks.
  • The convent primary school in Cappamore is participating in recycling schoolbooks, copybooks, notepads and workbooks.
  • I remember writing on a slate and rubbing it off with a sponge, and learning to write using what was called a copybook.


Exactly in accordance with established criteria; perfect: it wasn’t exactly a copybook landing
More example sentences
  • It was a copybook move of pinpoint accuracy which saw Alan Stubbs spray the ball wide to Mark Patterson, whose near-post cross found the quicksilver Scot in a determined rush to open his account.
  • Norman Williamson gave Golden Row a copybook drive to beat Say Again in the Carlsberg Lager Novice Chase.
  • Eric McCormack and Andrew Byrne did most of the damage, scoring 0-10 between them but this was team football at its very best with the young lads in red and white playing copybook football.

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