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spick-and-span

[spik-uh n-span] /ˈspɪk ənˈspæn/
adjective
1.
spotlessly clean and neat:
a spick-and-span kitchen.
2.
perfectly new; fresh.
adverb
3.
in a spick-and-span manner.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; short for spick-and-span-new, alliterative extension of span-new
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British Dictionary definitions for spick-and-span

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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