Meaning of pinchbeck

pinch•beck

Pronunciation: (pinch'bek), [key]
— n.
  1. an alloy of copper and zinc, used in imitation of gold.
  2. something sham, spurious, or counterfeit.
—adj.
  1. made of pinchbeck.
  2. sham, spurious, or counterfeit: pinchbeck heroism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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