spit polish

spit and polish

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
informal punctilious attention to neatness, discipline, etc, esp in the armed forces

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spit and polish definition

  1. n.
    orderliness; ceremonial precision and orderliness. (Alludes to carefully polishing shoes to a high level of shine.) : I like spit and polish. It comes from being in the military.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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