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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

be the (very) image of (someone)

To look exactly like someone else. Wow, you are just the very image of your mother! I was about to call you by her name.
See also: image, of

the living image of (someone or something)

1. One who looks exactly like someone else. Wow, you are just the living image of your mother! I was about to call you by her name.
2. Someone or something that represents or is the embodiment of something. Nanotechnology has advanced far more rapidly than any could have predicted, and she is the living image of this growing field. Working-class citizens are continuing to reject the current political establishment for being out of touch with ordinary people's lives, and this election result is the living image of that defiance.
See also: image, living, of

image of health

One who is or looks especially healthy, robust, of full of vitality. My grandmother is nearly 70 and smokes two packs of cigarettes a day, but somehow she's still the image of health. It's amazing how having a bit of a tan can make someone an image of health.
See also: health, image, of

graven image

An image of an idol, especially a carving or sculpture, that one worships (something that was expressly forbidden in the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God). Many residents have described the statues as graven images of the country's sordid past issues of slavery and racism.
See also: graven, image

*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: graven, 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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