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szdaily -> Speak Shenzhen
Spitting image
    2017-October-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A: I ran into Mary and her two daughters at a newly opened shopping mall the other day.

B: How’s she?

A: Mary looked great, and the cute little girls are the spitting image of their mom.

Note: This idiom means “a perfect likeness or counterpart.” There are two plausible theories regarding the origin of this idiom. According to one theory, if someone looks exactly like their father or mother, people would say that they appear to have been spat out of their parents’ mouth directly. Perhaps some parents in earlier times must have been explaining to their babies that they were born this way. According to the second theory, “spit” should be “spirit,” meaning that a child takes after his or her parent in both manner and habit (spirit) as well as in appearance (image).

 

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