I spat on an Arab boy in Hebron while a teenage Israeli soldier watched and did nothing.
The spat between America and Israel is hurting Netanyahu more than Obama.
After their spat blew up into a cable-news circus, Lloyd Grove talks to both sides.
A few of them spat brown saliva into the dust in front of them and then cleaned their mouths with the ends of their turbans.
Mr. McBride shook his head and spat on the gravel beside the van.
Crimmins spat carefully, as if to stimulate his imagination.
Roland spat out a mouthful of dust and swore beneath his breath.
The squire nodded and spat into the cuspidor between his feet.
Do you think that if I spat upon him, I could degrade him to a lower level than his own?
He spat over the bows and sucked the nicotine from his mustache, thoughtfully.
"petty quarrel," 1804, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps somehow imitative (cf. spat "smack, slap," attested from 1823).
"expel saliva," Old English spittan (Anglian), spætan (West Saxon), from PIE *sp(y)eu-, of imitative origin (see spew). Not the usual Old English word for this; spætlan (see spittle) and spiwan (see spew) are more common. Meaning "to eject saliva (at someone or something) as a gesture of contempt" is in Old English.
"saliva," c.1300, from spit (v.). Meaning "the very likeness" is attested from c.1600 (e.g. spitting image, attested from 1901); cf. French craché in same sense. Military phrase spit and polish first recorded 1895.
"sharp-pointed rod on which meat is roasted," Old English spitu, from Proto-Germanic *spituz (cf. Middle Dutch spit, Swedish spett, Old High German spiz, German Spieß "spit," German spitz "pointed"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). This is also the source of the word meaning "sandy point" (1670s). Old French espois, Spanish espeto "spit" are Germanic loan-words. The verb meaning "to put on a spit" is recorded from c.1200.
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