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spick-and-span

/ˈspɪkənˈspæn/
adjective
1.
extremely neat and clean
2.
new and fresh
Word Origin
C17: shortened from spick-and-span-new, from obsolete spick spike, nail + span-new
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Word Origin and History for spic-and-span
spic-and-span
1665, from spick-and-span-new (1579), lit. "new as a recently made spike and chip of wood," from spick "nail" (see spike (n.1)) + span-new "very new" (c.1300), from O.N. span-nyr, from spann "chip" + nyr "new." Imitation of Du. spiksplinter nieuw "spike-splinter new."
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