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He grumbles a little about his possible eminence; the cardinal loves his country, its May garlands, its tender birdsong. In his nightmares he sees squat spitting Italians, a forest of nooses, a corpse-strewn plain.

— Wolf Hall by Hilary Mante

What is the meaning of "squat spitting"?

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I think it means "squat, spitting Italians"— that is, Italians who are squat (short), and who are also spitting.

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