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A copycat is someone who copies or imitates someone else. In its adjective form, this idiom refers to something that has been or is being copied.

Here are some recent newspaper headlines demonstrating the term

Kate Middleton’s Copycat Wedding Dress Revealed! (eonline.com, 2 May 2011, Ella Stewart)
iPhone Copycat Called HiPhone 5 Goes on Sale in China (gadgetsandgizmos.org, 13 August 2011, Julius)
Copycat Riots Cause Tension in Nottingham (impactnottingham.com, 9 August 2011, Fiona Crosby)

The former German chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, once said:

I am not the German Tony Blair. Nor am I the German Bill Clinton. I am Gerhard Schroeder, chancellor of Germany, responsible for Germany. I don’t want to be a copy of anyone.

Do you have to be a
one-of-a-kind or unique person to be successful in life? Can you think of anyone who has been successful as a copycat?


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