a short space or distance
A very short distance, as in We were in spitting distance of winning the pennant but then we lost three games in a row. Alluding to the relatively short distance over which one’s spit will carry, this idiom was first recorded in 1895 as within spitting range.
- Spitting snake
noun 1. another name for the rinkhals
noun 1. saliva; spit. 2. Entomology. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs. noun 1. the fluid secreted in the mouth; saliva or spit 2. Also called cuckoo spit, frog spit. the frothy substance secreted on plants by the larvae of certain froghoppers spittle spit·tle (spĭt’l) n. Spit; saliva.
noun 1. the nymph of the froghopper, which surrounds itself with a frothy mass.
noun 1. a cuspidor. noun 1. a receptacle for spit, usually in a public place