(also spic and span)
- Neat, clean, and well looked after: my little house is spick and spanMore 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.
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'.