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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.
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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.
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*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."
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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.
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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).
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the living image of

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

be the image of somebody/something

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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.
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Finally, we note that many of the potential problems addressed in these comments -- for example, those related to the need to remain flexible in order to take advantage of new technology as well as those related to the conversion of imaged documents when the taxpayer changes imaging systems -- will be ameliorated by the IRS's becoming more current in its audits.
01(1) of the draft procedure states that "[a]n imaging system for maintaining books and records for purposes of [sections] 6001 must create accurate and complete electronic images of hardcopy documents, and must index, store, preserve, retrieve, and reproduce imaged documents.
An imaging system for maintaining books and records for purposes of [sections] 6001 must create accurate and complete electronic images of hardcopy and electronically created documents, and must index, store, preserve, retrieve, and reproduce imaged documents.
01(2)(b) of the draft procedure provides that an imaging system must include "reasonable controls" to prevent the unauthorized creation of, addition to, alteration of, deletion of, or deterioration of any imaged document, and continues that an example of such a control could be "the use of non-erasable and non-rewritable media.
01(2)(c) of the draft procedure states that an imaging system must include an inspection and quality assurance program "evidenced by regular evaluations of the imaging system including periodic checks of imaged documents.
Using Neutral Atom Imaging, plasma regions can be imaged between the energy range of 10eV to 500 keV.