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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
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17-19,21-23) In addition, imageless navigation does not require a lateral cortex pin, as is required with several mechanical alignment jigs.
Our investigation found that providing an imageless computer-assisted navigation system to an experienced hip resurfacing surgeon offered the benefits of navigated surgery, with learning curve effect.
If this deep truth is not wholly imageless (it looks a lot like Prometheus), it speaks of a complicity of divinity with power, authority and human suffering that exceeds Asia's capacity to speak or know it.
These works, interpretations or articulations or deformations of the monochromes, "illustrate" Klein's imageless paintings, explicating formal characteristics and ideas that might not have been obvious to his audience from the monochrome panels alone.
These imageless voids constitute literally iconoclastic moments in which there is literally nothing to see, no objects to pace and define seeing, only the silent but felt momentum of the moving camera.
Poetry mediates his emotions, not because their deep truth is imageless, but quite simply by dictating feeling.
In distinction to the saying of the poet (the last part of The Event has extensive meditations on poetry and thinking), the saying of the thinker is imageless and occurs in a "notbeing-at-home.
They were trained to stand by themselves "on an imageless field" (46), bereft of memories and sensations.
Ultimately, the empty framed photograph stages what Michael Fried, in relation to a particularly dark, quasi imageless photograph in Hiroshi Sugimoto's "Seascapes" series, calls "a strategy of exclusion" (298) to force the rejection of popular notions of the photographic image as indexical of exterior reality.
Arthur explicitly acknowledges the English poet's influence in "Aspirations," a nearly imageless expository poem that struggles, with startling bluntness, to articulate the ultimate goals of the practicing poet: "to address mystery / without being mysterious, / never expecting anyone / to know, speaking only for yourself // but not being self-centered, conducting yourself / as if your work matters, knowing nothing // makes nothing happen .
As Ozment notes, "an imageless faith was impossible" (p.
NOT THE CAMERA BUT THE PROJECTOR; not a representation but the thing itself, a ribbon of once-living stuff preserved in celluloid coursing along, flashing before our eyes: It was neither Muybridge's 1879 motion studies nor the Lumiere brothers' 1895 actualites nor even Peter Kubelka's imageless flicker film Arnulf Rather (1960) that truly manifested the very essence of cinema but the film-object Mothlight, a three-minute-thirteen-second motion-picture collage assembled and printed by Stan Brakhage at more or less the moment this magazine came into being.
Zweig emphasizes the sense of loss--her death emphasized by the lack of flowers, reduced to an ephemeral, nameless, imageless spirit.
According to Goddard, Deleuze strives to find a middle way between the traditional notion of thought as representation, and the utopia developed by Artaud and Nietzsche of an imageless thought.
It features a faux browser panel extension, fixed header for desktop browsers, touch- and search-friendly Javascript-free navigation with imageless CSS3 gradient buttons, RSS/Ajax Twitter and blog feeds to enhance the user experience, social media integration, sharing and bookmarking facilitation, and Flash-free jQuery animations viewable on virtually all desktop, notebook, netbook, tablet - including Android and iPad - and smartphone browsers.