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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."
See also: and, image, of, spit

be the spitting image of somebody

to look very much the same as someone else He's the spitting image of his father.
See in spitting distance, be spitting in the wind
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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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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.