Origin of spitting imagealtered from earlier spit and image from spit (noun)
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Origin of spitting imageProbably from alteration of spitten dialectal past participle of spit 1 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.