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 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
Recent Examples on the Web BenDeLaCreme was born to shake her ass while impersonating Julie Andrews, Shangela's Mariah was spot-on, Trixie Mattel could pull off Dolly Parton in her sleep, and Bebe Zahara Benet looked like the spitting image of Diana Ross herself. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Every Rusical from 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' Ranked Worst to Best," 18 Feb. 2021 His gray-blue eyes are the spitting image of his father’s. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Hudson Anstead Looks Just Like His Dad in Christina Anstead's Recent Instagram Post," 26 Jan. 2021 The internet is currently doing a collective double-take thanks to Kari Lewis, a 31-year-old woman from Indianapolis, Indiana who just so happens to be the spitting image of 30-year-old actress Emma Watson. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Emma Watson Has a Doppelgänger Who Looks Like Her Actual Twin," 29 Dec. 2020 But officials warn that the current weather pattern is the spitting image of the weather that helped fuel the wildfires that scorched millions of acres this summer and are urging residents to stay vigilant over the coming days. Artemis Moshtaghian And Eric Levenson, CNN, "California's Bond Fire has burned more than 7,000 acres and more fire warnings are ahead," 6 Dec. 2020 On page 456 there’s a studio portrait of young Kingsley with Bardwell, and the son is the spitting image of the father, rather edging out Larkin. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Martin Amis, the Accidental Memoirist," 22 Oct. 2020 Corrin also looks like the spitting image of the former Princess of Wales. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Here’s Your First Glimpse of Princess Di & Margaret Thatcher In New The Crown Photos," 29 Sep. 2020 In one of the glamorous new shots, the up-and-coming actress is the spitting image of the late royal in a purple strapless gown, matching scarf, and fluffy blonde bob. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Crown Shares First Photos of Princess Diana in Season 4," 29 Sep. 2020 The actress and comedian shared a new snapshot of her 15-month-old son Gene David to Instagram on Thursday night, which showed just how much the baby boy is the spitting image of his famous mom. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Amy Schumer Shares Sweet Photo of Son Gene After Revealing She 'Can't Be Pregnant Ever Again'," 14 Aug. 2020

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Spitting image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitting%20image. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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: someone who looks very much like someone else

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