Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spitting image

No version of the phrase is especially old. The earliest reference is in Andrew Knapp and W. Baldwin's The Newgate Calendar, 1824–26: "A daughter, ... the very spit of the old captain."
And we get to the first known use of 'spitting image' - in A. H. Rice's Mrs. Wiggs, 1901: "He's jes' like his pa - the very spittin' image of him!" (source)

It's meaning is "exact likeness."  Here are some spitting images I found...that make me giggle.

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