Pronunciation: (pinch'bek), [key]
1. an alloy of copper and zinc, used in imitation of gold.
2. something sham, spurious, or counterfeit.
1. made of pinchbeck.
2. sham, spurious, or counterfeit: pinchbeck heroism.
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