spitting imagespitting image
Informal a perfect likeness or exact image: typically a hyperbolic use: often with the: a son who is the spitting image of his father
Origin of spitting imagealtered ; from earlier spit and image ; from spit ()
A perfect likeness or counterpart.
Origin of spitting imageProbably from alteration of spitten, dialectal past participle of spit1, the close resemblance of one person to another being likened in folk sayings to the former person having been spat out of the latter's mouth.
(plural spitting images)
- (colloquial) The exact likeness (of someone).
- Blimey, you're the spitting image of my brother.
Alteration of spit and image.