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spit

verb uk   /spɪt/ (present participle spitting, past tense and past participle spat) us  

spit verb (FORCE OUT)

C2 [I or T] to force out the contents of the mouth, especially saliva: Bob Ewell spat contemptuously right in the lawyer's face. He spat the meat out in disgust. They bought watermelons and ate them as they walked, spitting out the seeds.Bodily fluids and their productionUrine and urinating [I or T] literary to say or shout words quickly and angrily: [+ speech] 'Get out!' she spat, when Ace appeared in the doorway.Ways of talking [I] If something hot, such as a fire, spits, it produces short, sharp noises and throws out little pieces.Movement of liquidsSounds made by objects, movement or impact

spit verb (RAIN)

[I] informal to rain very slightly: If it's only spitting (with rain), perhaps we don't need waterproofs.Rain
Phrasal verbs

spit

noun uk   /spɪt/ us  

spit noun (STICK)

[C] a long, thin, metal stick put through a piece of food, especially meat, so that it can be cooked above a fire: Roast the lamb on a spit.Kitchen utensils

spit noun (LAND)

[C] a long, thin, flat beach that goes out into the seaPromontories and peninsulas

spit noun (FROM MOUTH)

[U] (formal spittle, Australian informal slag) informal saliva, especially when it is outside the mouth: She used a little spit on a tissue to wipe the mirror clean.Bodily fluids and their productionUrine and urinating
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