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    what does this mean?

    Hi,


    would you mind telling me the meaning of this?


    A friend meets her friend's baby for the first time and she's surprised and she says : "If you aren't the picture of your Mom."

    What does this sentence mean in this situation?


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    Re: what does this mean?

    Hello Maral,

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

    <picture>

    a : someone or something that looks exactly like someone or something else
    ▪ He is the picture of his father. [=he looks just like his father]

    b : a perfect example of something ▪ She is the picture of health. [=she looks very healthy]

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    Re: what does this mean?

    Thank you Daruma but I didn't mean the meaning of picture. I was wondering why we say "If you aren't?" my problem is about this part of the question.

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    Re: what does this mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thank you Daruma but I didn't mean the meaning of picture. I was wondering why we say "If you aren't?" my problem is about this part of the question.
    It's a shortened exclamation.
    (I'll be damned) if you aren't the very likeness of your Mom!
    "damned" or any other adjective that suits your personality.
    (Well, blow me down) if you aren't the very picture of your Mom!
    Or any other verb (<Verb> me if you aren't ...)

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