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spick and span

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Pronunciation: /spɪk(ə)ndˈspan
 
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(also spic and span)

Definition of spick and span in English:

adjective

Neat, clean, and well looked after: my little house is spick and span
More example sentences
  • These hospitals are enormously busy public areas with a lot of people moving around in them, and keeping them really clean and spick and span can be quite a difficult job.
  • Even though he had cleaned the bathroom spick and span just now, it was still not enough for redemption!
  • ‘The mothers have done a great job because they're very neat and tidy’ and the new uniforms were all spic and span.
Synonyms
spotless, as fresh as paint
archaic tricksy

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'brand new'): from spick and span new, emphatic extension of dialect span new, from Old Norse spán-nýr, from spánn 'chip' + nýr 'new'; spick influenced by Dutch spiksplinternieuw, literally 'splinter new'.

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