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the spitting image of (someone)

One who looks exactly like someone else. Wow, you are just the spitting image of your mother! I was about to call you by her name.
See also: image, of, spit

be the spitting image of (someone)

To look exactly like someone else. Wow, you are just the spitting image of your mother! I was about to call you by her name.
See also: image, of, spit

*spit and image of someone

 and *the spitting image of someone
the very likeness of someone; a very close resemblence to someone. (*The second version is a frequent error. *Typically: be ~; look like ~.) John is the spit and image of his father. At first, I thought you were saying "spitting image."
See also: and, image, of, spit

spitting image

A precise resemblance, especially in closely related persons. For example, Dirk is the spitting image of his grandfather. This idiom alludes to the earlier use of the noun spit for "likeness," in turn probably derived from an old proverb, "as like as one as if he had been spit out of his mouth" (c. 1400). The current idiom dates from about 1900.
See also: image, spit

the spitting image

If you say that one person is the spitting image of another, you mean that the first person looks exactly like the second. He is the spitting image of his father. Now Nina looks the spitting image of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Note: People occasionally use the spit and image or the dead spit to mean the same thing. Six-month-old Caleb is the spit and image of his daddy. He was handsome — the dead spit of Tikhonov, the film actor. Note: The origin of this expression is uncertain, but it may have developed from `spirit and image'. If one person was the spirit and image of another, they were alike both in character and physical appearance.
See also: image, spit

a graven image

a carved representation of a god used as an object of worship.
This expression is from the second of the Ten Commandments: ‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image’ (Exodus 20:4).
See also: image

the living image of

an exact copy or likeness of.
See also: image, living, of

be the image of somebody/something


be the living/spitting/very image of somebody/something

be very similar to, or look exactly like somebody/something else: She’s the spitting image of her mother.
See also: image, of, somebody, something
References in classic literature ?
This fair stranger must have been the original of Drowne's Wooden Image.
My friend Drowne;" said Copley, smiling to himself, but alluding to the mechanical and wooden cleverness that so invariably distinguished the images, "you are really a remarkable person
This is strange," cried Copley, looking him in the face, which now, as the painter fancied, had a singular depth of intelligence, though hitherto it had not given him greatly the advantage over his own family of wooden images.
Copley turned again to the images, conceiving that the sense of deficiency which Drowne had just expressed, and which is so rare in a merely mechanical character, must surely imply a genius, the tokens of which had heretofore been overlooked.
The usefulness of color histograms is slightly surprising, given how much image information the representation discards; Chapelle, Haffner, and Vapnik (1999) show that images from the Corel collection(1) can be classified by their category in the collection using color histogram information alone.
In recent years, body image researchers have been concentrating on younger and younger respondents (Smolak, 2004).
The purpose of this article is to use Super's (1957) theory as a tool to illustrate how image norms may operate in each of his career stages.
God's second commandment, indeed, is a prohibition against making images of any kind: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
The scope includes system integration, contrast agents, pre- and postprocessing algorithms and software for imaging, image understanding, and related informatics that are cancer-specific.
Performing an image backup is only half the story on how to recover an unbootable machine.
With the changes in physical development, the onset of puberty, peer focus, and the task of identity formation, the development of healthy body image is an important factor for middle school students (Mussell, Binford, & Fulkerson, 2000).
01(5) requires that images exhibit a "high degree" of legibility and readability, instead of simply stating that the records must be legible and readable (at least to the extent of the underlying paper records).
In order to produce a desired image, forensic artists must generate several preliminary images.
the leading provider of application security appliances, today announced the availability of its third generation of image spam defense enhancements to the Barracuda Spam Firewall.
Of particular interest are innovative approaches to IGB, IGT, or IGI methods that include novel imaging systems that provide molecular target information or information at the cellular or molecular level sufficient for image guidance and treatment.