be the spit of

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be the dead spit of (someone)

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

be the spit (or the dead spit) of

look exactly like. informal
The full form of the phrase is be the spit and image of , perhaps coming from the idea of a person apparently being formed from the spit of another, so great is the similarity between them. This fuller form also lies behind the expression spitting image .
See also: of, spit
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