Spitting Image : Phrases
To bear an identical resemblance, to look alike.
I am often told that I am the spitting image of some guy named Fermela Frackenfarten but I don't know who she is.
This phrase was originally spit and image.
It is a reference to polishing something using spit, to the point where you can see you own reflection or image in it. Shoes and apples come to mind.
Alternative: The phrase may have originally been spirit and image. This indicated a likeness of spirit as well as appearance.
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