spitting image

noun
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 singular Naimah 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

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Thybulle's father, Greg, told Bishop that Mattise is the spitting image of his late mother and shares her same personality. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Matisse Thybulle Wishes His Late Mother Were With Him on NBA Draft Night," 20 June 2019 In this regard, the Blues winger sees a spitting image of his younger self. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "How St. Louis Became the Hometown Vladimir Tarasenko Envisioned From the Start," 5 June 2019 Some even believe Rumi is the spitting image of her mother. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Three of Beyoncé's Kids Made a Surprise Appearance in Her Netflix Documentary," 18 Apr. 2019 Seriously, these two are the spitting image of each other. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Took These New Photos of Prince Louis, and They’re So Cute," 22 Apr. 2019 Complete with an auburn wig and green gown, Jonas was the spitting image of Sansa. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joe Jonas Dressed Up as Sansa Stark to Celebrate the Return of Game of Thrones," 15 Apr. 2019 Gwyneth Paltrow, for instance, just posted an Instagram with her 14-year-old daughter, Apple, who is the spitting image of the Goop founder. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Jennifer Garner Shares How She Feels About Her 13-Year-Old Daughter Wearing Makeup," 27 Mar. 2019 Michael, now 21, is the spitting image of his father. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Every Question You Have About Kelly Ripa's Husband and Three Kids, Answered," 13 Mar. 2019 And now, thanks to some photos of Prince Charles from 1976 going viral, it's become clear that Harry is also the spitting image of his dad. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Looks Exactly Like a Young Prince Charles & Fans Are Going Wild," 17 Nov. 2018

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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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spitting image

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English Language Learners Definition of spitting image

: someone who looks very much like someone else

spitting image

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