Definition of spitting image in US English:

spitting image

noun

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

    ‘she's the spitting image of her mother’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was the spitting image of a young Robert De Niro in The Godfather: Part II, and seemingly just as volatile and unpredictable.’
    • ‘Oh, I saw a woman who looked like the spitting image of you at the Royal Free today!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was out the other day and there was a boy who looked the spitting image of James.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And my Palestinian friend is always telling me that I am the spitting image of his sister from Gaza.’
    • ‘An attendant (who's the spitting image of Joh Bjelke-Petersen) holds you while you plant a quick one on the venerable stone.’
    • ‘Other than that, she was the spitting image of Mamacita.’
    • ‘‘And your grandfather was the spitting image of Renoir,’ said HMB.’
    • ‘Jake is the spitting image of his long-lost twin brother, who was killed on a recent mission.’
    • ‘Indeed, the guy on the wall is the spitting image of Marchizu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have two beautiful boys that are his spitting image.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/spɪdɪŋ ˈɪmɪdʒ/