spitting image

plural spitting images

Definition of spitting image

: someone or something that looks very much like someone or something else Father then and son later are spitting images of each other.— Norris McDonald usually singularNaimah was brown-skinned, slender, and neighbors said she was the spitting image of her mother.— Debbie Chocolate… a lovely … Oscar de la Renta dress, which was the spitting image of a similar one the late royal had worn previously.— Megan C. Hill

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Examples of spitting image in a Sentence

with the help of either movie magic or makeup, the actress appeared to be the spitting image of the queen
Recent Examples on the Web The trio celebrated New Year’s Eve 2019 together and almost-8-year-old Blue looked all grown up — and like the spitting image of her mom — with straight hair and a soft smile. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "20 Heart-Melting Photos of Beyoncé Twinning with Birthday Girl Blue Ivy," 7 Jan. 2020 Dobbins’ play in the Fiesta Bowl was the spitting image of what his career was: an elite beginning, an OK middle and an all-time ending. Stephen Means, cleveland, "The ups and downs of the illustrious career of Ohio State football’s J.K. Dobbins," 30 Dec. 2019 Ciara donned an almost identical version of Beyoncé's pink satin suit, while Wilson looked like the spitting image of Jay-Z in his powder blue suit. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Fans are crazy in love with Ciara and Russell Wilson’s Beyoncé and Jay-Z Halloween costumes," 30 Oct. 2019 Archie is the spitting image of his father as a toddler. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Archie Looks Just Like His Dad in These Photos," 25 Sep. 2019 Ava Elizabeth Phillippe is the spitting image of her mother, Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Ava Literally Looks Like Her Twin in This Instagram Pic," 22 Nov. 2019 Sean Frazee, a spitting image of his brother albeit with a mustache, described his relationship with his brother as distant. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee’s brother — who is a Colorado police officer — takes stand in murder trial," 5 Nov. 2019 The mother-daughter duo look like spitting images of each other, so much so that fans began weighing in on the striking resemblance. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian are spitting images of each other in throwback photo," 19 Nov. 2019 But the prize for best Halloween costume of 2019 has to go to Stormi Webster who was the spitting image of her mom. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner's Hot Fairy Costume Was Super Low-Cut and Completely Sheer," 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of spitting image

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spitting image

alteration of spit and image

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The first known use of spitting image was in 1881

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12 Jan 2020

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“Spitting image.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitting%20image. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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: someone who looks very much like someone else

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