spitting image

spitting image
a perfect likeness or counterpart
Hypernyms: ↑likeness, ↑alikeness, ↑similitude

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noun, pl ⋯ -ages [count]
: someone who looks very much like someone else
— usually singular

She is the spitting image of her mother.

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ˌspitting ˈimage 7 noun
Idiom: ↑the spitting image of somebody  
Word Origin:
[spitting image] late 19th cent.: originally as the spit of or the spit and image of; perhaps from the idea of a person apparently being formed from the spit of another, so great is the similarity between them.

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