spit at (someone or something)

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spit at (someone or something)

1. Literally, to propel saliva from one's mouth in the direction of someone or something. Someone in the crowd spat at the policeman as he tried to calm them down. We sat on the overpass, spitting at the cars driving underneath.
2. To treat someone or something with scorn, contempt, or disregard. I trusted you with my secrets, then you spit at me by going up on the witness stand to testify against me! I always feel like I need to go out and give 100% of my effort and energy whenever I perform on stage. Anything less, and it feels like I'm spitting at all the devoted fans who came to see me.
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spit at someone or something

to expectorate on someone or something or in the direction of someone or something. The angry crowd cursed and spit at the prisoner as he was being taken back to jail. Max actually spit at the police station door as he was dragged in.
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The 33-year-old apologised for the stamp - punished by a yellow card - but denies spitting at any player.
Citing officer Buster White has 24 hours to lodge a complaint against Ward, who could now face a hefty ban of up to 12 weeks if found guilty of spitting at an opponent.
Although no one saw actual spittle, testimony from three witnesses who saw and heard the defendant spit at two law enforcement officers was sufficient to support her convictions for assaulting the officers by spitting at them.<br />Background<br />King William County Sheriff's Deputies K.
In many countries, spitting at someone is legally a form of assault.
The guards are placed over subjects' faces to stop them spitting at or biting officers, and the force has used them 149 times since April 2013.
SHOULD The guards are placed over subjects' faces to stop them spitting at or biting officers, and the force has used them 149 times since April 2013.
Saiz was sent off in injury time for spitting at Newport midfielder Robbie Willmott, as Leeds suffered a shock 2-1 third round defeat to Sky Bet League Two opposition.
Picture evidence then shows Adams spitting at the debut kid as he walks off the park.
Evans received a six-match ban by the Football Association for spitting at Newcastle striker Cisse during the first half of United's 1-0 win against the Magpies last Wednesday.
PAPISS CISSE has accepted the FA charge for allegedly spitting at Manchester United's Jonny Evans and faces a seven-match ban.
Several offenders have already been traced, including a 24-year-old man who was jailed for 12 weeks for spitting at a driver on a No.17 service in Yardley.
National Express, a UK based transport company, has launched a new scheme to stop people from spitting at others on public transport.
And though spitting at people is manifestly unacceptable, the mere act of spitting on the pavement is not so clear-cut.
Both have been in the news this week with John Terry in hot water over what he is supposed to have said to Anton Ferdinand and Antolin Alcaraz of Wigan caught on camera spitting at a Wolves player.
WIGAN'S Antolin Alcaraz is facing a three-match ban after being charged by the Football Association with spitting at an opponent.