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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Sense: 1,4-5
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: SPIT1
Sense: 2,3
Origin: Old English spitu

spit

2 noun
     
spit2
1 [uncountable]HBH informal the watery liquid that is produced in your mouth [= saliva]
2 [countable] a long thin stick that you put through meat so that you can turn it when cooking it over a fire
3 [countable]SG a long narrow piece of land that sticks out into the sea, into a river etc
4

be the (dead) spit of somebody

British English spoken to look exactly like someone else:
Sam is the dead spit of his dad.
5

spit and polish

informal when something is thoroughly cleaned and polished:
It was Christmas, so Ellen gave the dining room a little extra spit and polish.
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