Why do we say "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Meaning:

This expression is usually used ironically to comment on somebody who is copying another person with the intention of gaining attention.

Background:

The first recorded use of this expression is in Charles Caleb Colton's 1820 Lacon. Colton was an English clergyman (1780-1832).

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