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spitting image

noun, Informal.
1.
spit1 (def 13).
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; from the phrase spit and image (see spit1) by confusion of spit and with spittin'; compare earlier the very spit of the exact likeness of
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  • The map unexpectedly revealed a pattern that's the spitting image of the video arcade icon.
  • If his color were correct he could be the spitting image of this dog.
  • My sons didn't care that it wasn't a spitting image.
British Dictionary definitions for spitting image

spitting image

noun
1.
(informal) a person who bears a strong physical resemblance to another, esp to a relative Also called spit, spit and image
Word Origin
C19: modification of spit and image, from spit1 (as in the phrase the very spit of, the exact likeness of (someone))
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Idioms and Phrases with spitting image

spitting image

A precise resemblance, especially in closely related persons. For example, Dirk is the spitting image of his grandfather. This idiom alludes to the earlier use of the noun spit for “likeness,” in turn probably derived from an old proverb, “as like as one as if he had been spit out of his mouth” (c. 1400). The current idiom dates from about 1900.
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