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spitting image

n.
A perfect likeness or counterpart.

[Probably from alteration of spitten, dialectal past participle of spit, the close resemblance of one person to another being likened in folk sayings to the former person having been spat out of the latter's mouth.]

spitting image

n
informal a person who bears a strong physical resemblance to another, esp to a relative. Also called: spit or spit and image
[C19: modification of spit and image, from spit1 (as in the phrase the very spit of, the exact likeness of (someone))]

spit1

(spɪt)

v. spit spat, spit•ting, v.i.
1. to eject saliva from the mouth; expectorate.
2. to sputter: grease spitting in the fire.
v.t.
3. to eject from the mouth: to spit watermelon seeds.
4. to throw out or emit like saliva.
5. spit up, to vomit; throw up.
n.
6. saliva, esp. when ejected.
7. the act of spitting.
Idioms:
spit and image, exact likeness. Also, spitting image.
[before 950; (v.) Middle English spitten, Old English spittan, c. dial. German spützen to spit]

spit2

(spɪt)

n., v. spit•ted, spit•ting. n.
1. a pointed rod for skewering and holding meat over a fire or other source of heat.
2. any of various rods, pins, etc.
3. a narrow point of land projecting into the water.
4. a long, narrow shoal extending from the shore.
v.t.
5. to pierce, stab, or transfix with or as if with a spit; impale on something sharp.
[before 1000; Middle English spite, Old English spitu, c. Middle Dutch, spit, Old High German spiz spit]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spitting image - a perfect likeness or counterpart
alikeness, likeness, similitude - similarity in appearance or character or nature between persons or things; "man created God in his own likeness"

spitting image

noun double, lookalike, (dead) ringer (slang), picture, spit (informal, chiefly Brit.), clone, replica, likeness, living image, spit and image (informal) Nina looks the spitting image of Sissy Spacek.

spitting image

noun
One exactly resembling another:
Slang: ringer.
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