Definition of pinchbeck in English:
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Appearing valuable, but actually cheap or tawdry.
- Of course, Muggeridge was unreformed, and when he actually decided to take religion seriously he was contemptuously dismissed as ‘a pinchbeck Savonarola’.
- The first had been newly choreographed by Ashton and looked for the most part like little more than a pinchbeck parody of a Soviet-style solo.
Mid 18th century: named after Christopher Pinchbeck (died 1732), English watchmaker.
Definition of pinchbeck in:
- US English dictionary
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