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What is the meaning behind "the real McCoy"?

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"The real McCoy" is an idiom used throughout much of the English-speaking world to mean "the real thing" or "the genuine article" e.g., "he's the real McCoy". It is a corruption of the Scots "The real MacKay", first recorded in 1856 as: "A drappie o’ the real MacKay," (A drop of the real MacKay), and this is widely accepted as the origin.

How it came to be "McCoy" is unclear – it is first recorded in this form in the US in 1908 – and the phrase is the subject of numerous fanciful folk etymologies.

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