Definition of rough copy in English:

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rough copy


1A first draft of a piece of writing.
Example sentences
  • We encourage paper recycling and so drafts and rough copies are printed on the back of previously used, but no longer needed pieces of A4.
  • I'll let you in on a little secret: I usually try to bang these things out, at least a rough copy, on the Sunday night prior to the Thursday on which you read them.
  • I re-read the rough copy of this the other day, and have completely rediscovered my enthusiasm for it!
2A copy of a picture showing only the essential features.
Example sentences
  • Look at these rough copies, little contact prints, glued.
  • She painted the other, whom she nicknamed ‘Spy,’ subconsciously painting a rough copy of herself, same aquiline nose, short stature, Asian complexion, and long dark hair.
  • It's a rough copy of the map the Judiciar keeps for tax collecting.
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