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verb spit pronunciation in American English /spɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlespitting
past tensespit or spat
past participlespit or spat
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to force some of the clear liquid called saliva out from your mouth
    Dino leaned over and spat on the ground.
    The woman spat and shouted insults as they passed by.
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      spit out

      [transitive] to force something such as food or drink out from your mouth, especially because it is unpleasant or harmful
      Kary spit the squash back onto her plate.
      It was disgusting – he just chewed them all up and spat them out again.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a series of quick loud noises, especially when forcing small pieces of something into the air
    The machine spat chips of wood onto the ground.
    mud spitting from the tires of our bikes
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] [usually progressive] British to rain just a little. The American word is sprinkle.
  4. 4



    spit out

    [transitive] mainly literary to say something quickly and angrily
    Politicians spat insults at each other during the debate.


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