pinchbeck

Part of speech: noun

A cheap imitation of gold; from Pinch beck, the inventor.

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Usage examples "pinchbeck":

  1. The Captain endeavoured to hold up his head, and to swagger, and to assume an air of pinchbeck respectability. - "An Eye for an Eye", Anthony Trollope.
  2. About the same time Mr. Pinchbeck exhibited in the same town a " Pig of Knowledge" who had precisely the same accomplishments. - "Customs and Fashions in Old New England", Alice Morse Earle.
  3. Crime as it exists is an enormous evil, and it costs us enormously; and cheap and pinchbeck methods will never rid us of it. - "The Subterranean Brotherhood", Julian Hawthorne.