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

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Richard and Caroline Bain, true-life love birds, were the spitting image of the animated couple. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "5-year-old boy's "Up" photoshoot with 90-year-old great-grandparents goes viral," 12 Sep. 2019 The first teaser trailer, released Wednesday, shows Oscar winner Charlize Theron as Kelly, her face transformed into the spitting image of the former Fox News host. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Charlize Theron is spitting image of Megyn Kelly in movie about Fox News sexual harassment scandal," 21 Aug. 2019 Bryan Knight, who followed his father into the aviation field, is a spitting image of the man in the pictures that was lost in Vietnam in 1967. Dallas News, "Watch Love Field stand at attention as Southwest pilot brings his father's remains home 52 years later from Vietnam War," 9 Aug. 2019 Robbie is the spitting image of Sharon Tate, having learned to hold her face in just the right accommodating smile. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Quentin Tarantino’s #MeToo Moment?," 1 Aug. 2019 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 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 Casting Call Parisa Fitz-Henley is the spitting image of Meghan — and nailed her voice, too. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry & Meghan Markle: The Funniest Reactions to Lifetime's Movie About the Royal Couple," 13 May 2018 Last year, on Season 25 of Dancing With the Stars, Vanessa Lachey was transformed into the spitting image of Snow White for Disney theme night. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "What 'Dancing With the Stars' Is Really Like Behind the Scenes," 29 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of spitting image

: someone who looks very much like someone else

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