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pale imitation (of something)

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpale imitation (of something)pale imitation (of something)something that is similar to, but not as good as, something else The cheese is a pale imitation of real Parmesan. pale
Examples from the Corpus
pale imitation (of something)It had been a pale imitation.These, however, are but a pale imitation of the History file.These programs are still only a pale imitation of the original human operators, however.But this time round, they're pathetic, pale imitations of the planet destroyers that went before.To its critics, it became a mild tabloid and a very pale imitation of what was originally intended.
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