Definition of spitting image in English:

spitting image

noun

informal
  • The exact double of (another person or thing)

    ‘she's the spitting image of her mum’
    • ‘She floats silently round the apartment in her crisp black shirt and impeccably creased black trousers, looking a little stern when she's serious but the spitting image of her old girlish self when she smiles.’
    • ‘I was a spitting image of mum and he couldn't stand to see me there, her exact replica, and not have her there herself.’
    • ‘As the mother of sons, I am thinking that this is one lucky old lady to be walked to her doctor's office by two daughters, spitting images of herself, from the top of the head right down to the fussy shoes.’
    • ‘Indeed, the guy on the wall is the spitting image of Marchizu.’
    • ‘‘And your grandfather was the spitting image of Renoir,’ said HMB.’
    • ‘They were long dead, I knew that, and I was long grown up, but I was my mother's son and the spitting image of my father.’
    • ‘Had the four of them stood in a line, correctly ordered, they'd have been the spitting image of the first half of Darwin's ‘Theory of Evolution’ picture.’
    • ‘An attendant (who's the spitting image of Joh Bjelke-Petersen) holds you while you plant a quick one on the venerable stone.’
    • ‘He was the spitting image of a young Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II, and seemingly just as volatile and unpredictable.’
    • ‘Jake is the spitting image of his long-lost twin brother, who was killed on a recent mission.’
    • ‘I was out the other day and there was a boy who looked the spitting image of James.’
    • ‘And my Palestinian friend is always telling me that I am the spitting image of his sister from Gaza.’
    • ‘We have two beautiful boys that are his spitting image.’
    • ‘Oh, I saw a woman who looked like the spitting image of you at the Royal Free today!’
    • ‘Later in the day on a tram I saw a woman (with a baby) who was the spitting image of a girl I had a crush on in high school.’
    • ‘As she thanked her way past me, I saw her two tiny babies, and knew in that second that they were spitting images of their father, and definitely boys.’
    • ‘Not only was the name an exact match-up, he also was the spitting image of the man in the courtroom sketch that had been provided in the book.’
    • ‘Other than that, she was the spitting image of Mamacita.’
    • ‘Today Lewis runs around the house firing a toy gun while Emily - the spitting image of her mother at the same age - sits on her father's lap sucking on an ice lolly.’
    • ‘The next night I was on the way home from work when I walked past a girl who was the spitting image of a girl I had had a slight crush on at University, and once more my head went on a trip down memory lane.’
    exact likeness, living image, mirror image, very image, double, twin, lookalike, replica, clone, duplicate, copy
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Origin

Late 19th century originally as the spit of or the spit and image of; perhaps from the idea of a person apparently being formed from the spit of another, so great is the similarity between them.

Pronunciation

spitting image