Definition of spick and span in English:

spick and span

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Pronunciation: /spɪk(ə)ndˈspan
(also 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'.

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