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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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Shell height, and number and rate of settlement of Nodipecten nodosus spat fed with different diets once or twice a day are shown in Table 4.
Experiment 4: Effect of the Addition of A staxanthin on Spat Development of Nodipecten nodosus When Conditioning Broodstock
However, no significant differences were observed in shell height of spat in the 2 treatments (Table 5).
In tanks exposed directly to sunlight, we obtained 13% more spat than tanks kept in the shade (a location without direct sunlight) and 25% more spat than tanks that were covered with black tarps.
However, shell height of spat in uncleaned tanks was less than in tanks that were cleaned daily.
1989) suggested that scallop spat should be reared in tanks without constant cleaning because spat are susceptible to dehydration when exposed to air during the exchange.
Experiment 3: Recovery of Nodipecten nodosus Spat Fed Different Diets
Food quality has been shown to be important for growth and survival of bivalve larvae and spat under laboratory conditions (Bayne & Newell 1983).
In our work, the diet that produced the highest growth of Nodipecten nodosus spat was a mixed diet--Isochrysis galbana + Pavlova lutheri + Chaetoeeros muelleri + Chaetoceros calcitrans; the diet that produced that lowest growth was ISO (I.