spitting-image

spitting image

noun Informal.
spit1 ( def 13 ).

Origin:
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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spitting image
 
n
informal spit, Also called: spit and image a person who bears a strong physical resemblance to another, esp to a relative
 
[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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