the living 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

the living image of

an exact copy or likeness of.
See also: image, living, of
References in classic literature ?
You are her only child; you have been under my care since the sad event at Cheltenham; you are twenty-one years old on the second of August next; and, corpulence excepted, you are the living image of your mother.
Add to this her short nose, her plump cheeks that set wrinkles at defiance, her white hair dressed in stiff little curls; and, if a doll could grow old, Lady Lydiard, at sixty, would have been the living image of that doll, taking life easily on its journey downwards to the prettiest of tombs, in a burial-ground where the myrtles and roses grew all the year round.
He had the brightest little black eyes, and little black ringlets all over his head; he was the living image of his father, everybody said--and Jurgis found this a fascinating circumstance.
There was a woman's face painted on the china, and he told me it was the living image of
With regard to the priest's configuration to Christ, bridegroom of the Church, Pastores dabo vobis states, "The priest is called to be the living image of Jesus Christ, the spouse of the Church.