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spit in(to) the wind

To do something totally pointless, fruitless, or futile; to waste one's time doing something that will not or cannot come to pass. To be perfectly honest, I feel like voting is just spitting in the wind, so I don't even bother. My mom and dad spent years spitting in the wind trying to get my brother to take his studies seriously; in the end, he dropped out anyway to pursue a career in music.
See also: spit, wind

spit (out) the dummy

To have a childish overreaction or angry outburst to a negative situation or outcome; to act in a bad-tempered manner, likened to a temper tantrum of a child. "Dummy" here refers to a plastic teat used to soothe teething infants (also called a "pacifier" in the U.S. or a "soother" elsewhere), which they may spit when in the middle of a tantrum. Primarily heard in Australia. John spat the dummy when I told him I'd sold his old comic book collection. Don't go spitting out the dummy just because Cheryl got the promotion instead of you.
See also: dummy, spit

spit chips

slang To be loudly or vehemently angry. Primarily heard in Australia. Everyone's spitting chips over the recent tax law now, but in a month's time, no one will even remember that it happened.
See also: chip, spit

spit in (one's) eye

To spitefully and deliberately insult or show contempt for someone. Many felt that the judge spat in the victim's eye by giving the perpetrator such a short prison sentence. Desperate to break free of their domineering influence, Samantha spat in her parents' eye by running away to live in a commune.
See also: eye, spit

spit in the eye of (someone)

To spitefully and deliberately insult or show contempt for someone. Many felt that the judge's extremely light prison sentence for the perpetrator spat in the eye of the victim. Desperate to break free of their domineering influence, Samantha spat in the eye of her parents by running away to live in a commune.
See also: eye, of, spit

spit it out

Stop stalling or stammering and just say what you want or intend to say. Just spit it out already—do you want to go to the dance with me or not? I wish I didn't get such a bad stutter when I'm nervous; I'd feel more confident if I could just spit it out.
See also: out, spit

spit chips

be very angry. Australian informal
See also: chip, spit

spit it out

used to urge someone to say, confess, or divulge something quickly. informal
See also: out, spit
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Sydenham initially claimed to suffer from a speech disorder that meant he inadvertently spat, but police dismissed the excuse and charged him with common assault.
If it has been shown, that is unacceptable behaviour and anyone here who was spat at would act accordingly.
Newly seeded spat suffer mortality rates that range from 25-100% within a few weeks after planting (Paynter 2009).
Going further back, and there was an infamous spitting incident at the 1990 World Cup when Dutch star Frank Rijkaard spat at West Germany striker Rudi V'ller after a number of incidents between the pair through their second round match.
City took around 1,000 supporters with them to west London and Langley, who never won over the Ninian Park followers in his time in South Wales, claimed a section of them spat at him as he was collecting the ball from the sidelines.
And two years ago West Ham fans also claimed he spat in their direction.
A UEFA spokesman said: "It appears that the Swiss player might have spat against the neck of his English opponent.
Because of a dispute set off a week ago when Baltimore Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar spat in umpire John Hirschbeck's face, major-league umpires said Thursday that they would go on strike, starting today, because Alomar remains on the field and won't have to serve a five-game suspension until next spring.
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Spit hoods are mesh fabric hoods which can be placed over the heads of suspects to protect arresting officers from being bitten or spat upon.
But I never spat at a fellow pro - and being spat on, when playing for Wales in Hungary, was the worst day of my career.
For centuries, passers-by have spat on the Heart of Midlothian, a stone mosaic similar to the crest of the city football club.
MICK McCarthy has revealed that Wigan boss Roberto Martinez apologised after his skipper Antolin Alcaraz spat at Richard Stearman.
ABSTRACT Artificial collectors deployed in May and early June obtained higher numbers of Aequipecten opercularis spat than when collectors were deployed in late June and July in both 2007 and 2008.