spick-and-span

spick-and-span

[spik-uhn-span]
adjective
1.
spotlessly clean and neat: a spick-and-span kitchen.
2.
perfectly new; fresh.
adverb
3.
in a spick-and-span manner.

Origin:
1570–80; short for spick-and-span-new, alliterative extension of span-new

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spick-and-span or spic-and-span (ˈspɪkənˈspæn)
 
adj
1.  extremely neat and clean
2.  new and fresh
 
[C17: shortened from spick-and-span-new, from obsolete spick spike, nail + span-new]
 
spic-and-span or spic-and-span
 
adj
 
[C17: shortened from spick-and-span-new, from obsolete spick spike, nail + span-new]

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