copy (n.) Old form(s): Copie , Coppy
example, model, pattern
AW I.ii.46[King to Bertram, of Bertram's father] Such a man / Might be a copy to these younger times
H5 III.i.24[King Henry to all] Be copy now to men of grosser blood
KJ IV.ii.113[Messenger to King John, of the French] The copy of your speed is learned by them
Tim III.iii.32[Servant alone, of Sempronius] How fairly this lord ... Takes virtuous copies to be wicked [i.e. models himself on the virtuous in order to be wicked]
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