The two spat back and forth, with Allen bringing up Hopkins' affair with a married colleague.
I spat on an Arab boy in Hebron while a teenage Israeli soldier watched and did nothing.
“We have congressmen that say you came and lobbied them with regards to Medicare, part D,” Romney spat at Gingrich.
After their spat blew up into a cable-news circus, Lloyd Grove talks to both sides.
A circus actor dressed as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff spat fire to dramatize slash-and-burn agriculture.
Crimmins spat carefully, as if to stimulate his imagination.
I fancied at the time that I heard the spat of the bullets as they struck.
The squire nodded and spat into the cuspidor between his feet.
So saying, he stepped straight up to the Irishman, and spat in his face.
He spat over the bows and sucked the nicotine from his mustache, thoughtfully.
"petty quarrel," 1804, American English, of unknown origin; perhaps somehow imitative (cf. spat "smack, slap," attested from 1823).
"expel saliva," Old English spittan (Anglian), spætan (West Saxon), from PIE *sp(y)eu-, of imitative origin (see spew). Not the usual Old English word for this; spætlan (see spittle) and spiwan (see spew) are more common. Meaning "to eject saliva (at someone or something) as a gesture of contempt" is in Old English.
"saliva," c.1300, from spit (v.). Meaning "the very likeness" is attested from c.1600 (e.g. spitting image, attested from 1901); cf. French craché in same sense. Military phrase spit and polish first recorded 1895.
"sharp-pointed rod on which meat is roasted," Old English spitu, from Proto-Germanic *spituz (cf. Middle Dutch spit, Swedish spett, Old High German spiz, German Spieß "spit," German spitz "pointed"), from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)). This is also the source of the word meaning "sandy point" (1670s). Old French espois, Spanish espeto "spit" are Germanic loan-words. The verb meaning "to put on a spit" is recorded from c.1200.