spitting image


plural spitting images
: 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

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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Word History


alteration of spit and image

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spitting image was in 1881

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“Spitting image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spitting%20image. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

spitting image

: perfect likeness
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