copper-bottomed

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Thoroughly reliable; secure

Etymology:

  • From the copper sheathing applied to the bottom of a wooden ship to prevent damage from marine organisms. In literal sense 18th century, in figurative sense attested since at least 1807.
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The copper-bottomed angel at Messrs. Paff’s in Broadway.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'copper-bottomed':

copper-bottomedHaving lower parts made of or covered by copper.
copper-bottomedThoroughly reliable.
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