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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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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
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FAVOURITE: Roger Law, right, and Peter Fluck with their Spitting Image Margaret Thatcher puppet.
The whole sale raised pounds 157,385, which will go to Spitting Image Productions.
The new show will see more than 70 puppets voiced by impressionists Jon Culshaw and Debra Stephenson - just like its predecessor Spitting Image, which ran from 1984 to 1996.
Impressionist Jon Culshaw is joining the new show co-produced by Citrus TElevision run by Giles Pilbrow, who also worked on the original Spitting Image which ran from 1984 to 1996.
Which is why I reckon it's time for the return of, yes, Spitting Image.
Sold together - Spitting Image puppets of the Thatchers Michael Heseltine's Spitting Image puppet, which was sold at Bonhams Auction House in London yesterday for pounds 540
The exhibition features George Cruikshank's oil painting The Worship of Bacchus, a Spitting Image puppet of Baroness Thatcher, as well as drawings of Viz characters Sid the Sexist, various other characters, and seaside postcards.
The puppets were created for ITV1's Best Ever Spitting Image, a celebration of the long-running satirical show.
Despite his joint foundership of Spitting Image Productions Roger seems none too sorry to see them go.
For example, Ivan Campo is the spitting image of Alan Davies, while Davor Suker is mistaken for Peter Mandelson.
ITV is reuniting many of the team behind cult 1980s and '90s show Spitting Image for Newzoids, a six-part series promising a "biting look at the world of politics and celebrity".
THEY made dummies of politicians and stars in the 80s, now Spitting Image puppets are back to poke merciless fun at today's celebs As the general election battle hots up, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg will all be targets of the new series, called Newzoids.
WITH her short brown locks and doll like features, Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter is the spitting image of the legendary actress.
When Spitting Image was launched on TV screens 30 years ago it inspired a new generation of political satirists.