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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.
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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 out

1. Literally, to forcefully expel something from one's mouth. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spit" and "out." Spit that out! Don't you know wild mushrooms can be poisonous? Our toddler keeps spitting out his vegetables.
2. To succeed in saying something, especially with difficulty. Often used in the imperative phrase "spit it out." I tried spitting an answer out, but my nervousness made me stutter too badly. Just spit it out already—do you want to go to the dance with me or not?
3. To say something in a very aggressive, forceful, or vitriolic manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spit" and "out." The group of protestors continued to spit obscenities out at us as we made our way to the car. By the end of the debate, my opponent was reduced to spitting out absurd, unprovable accusations.
See also: out, spit

spit up

1. To vomit. Said especially of infants, in whom regurgitation of milk is a common and natural reflex. Here, you'll want this cloth on your should in case Mary spits up on you. Our baby has been spitting up so much recently that we're beginning to get worried.
2. To expel something out of one's mouth by vomiting or coughing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spit" and "up." I slapped him on the back and he spat up the chicken bone. The cat always makes the same horrible noise whenever it's about to spit its dinner back up.
See also: spit, up

spit something out

 
1. Lit. to cast something from the mouth. The food was so terrible that I spit it out. I spit out the sweet potatoes.
2. Fig. to manage to say something. Come on! Say it! spit it out! spit it out! Get it said!
3. Fig. to say something scornfully. He spit out his words in utter derision. she spit out the most unpleasant string of curse words I have ever heard from anyone.
See also: out, spit

spit something up

Euph. to vomit something. she almost spit her dinner up. Sally was afraid she was going to spit up her dinner.
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spit up

Euph. to vomit. The food was so bad, she was afraid she would spit up. Mommy, I have to spit up!
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spit up

Vomit, as in Infants often spit up part of their milk.
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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

spit out

v.
To expel something from the mouth; expectorate something: The teacher told the child to spit out the gum. The fish wasn't cooked enough, and I spit it out.
See also: out, spit

spit up

v.
1. To spit something out of the mouth: The boxer is spitting up blood.
2. To vomit something. Used chiefly of an infant: The child is still hungry because he spit his meal up. The baby spit up on her bib.
See also: spit, up
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Effect of thermoclines and turbulence on depth of larval settlement and spat recruitment of the giant scallop Placopecten magellanicus in 9.
Spat availability of commercial bivalve species recruited on artificial collectors from the northern Gulf of California.
Results of three-way ANOVA on the short-term collector spat settled abundance.
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.
In the current study, better growth of spat was found in cultures that were fed twice daily compared with those fed only once a day.
Experiment 4: Effect on Development of Nodipecten nodosus Spat When Adults Are Conditioned with Astaxanthin During Bvoodstock Conditions