spit and polishes

spit and polish

noun
great care in maintaining smart appearance and crisp efficiency: The commander was concerned more with spit and polish than with the company's morale.

spit-and-polish [spit-n-pol-ish] , adjective
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spit and polish
 
n
informal punctilious attention to neatness, discipline, etc, esp in the armed forces

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