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spick and span

Totally clean and/or organized. I plan to spend the day cleaning so that this place is spick and span when my mother-in-law arrives.
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spick and span

Neat and clean, as in When Ruth has finished cleaning, the whole house is spick and span. This term combines two nouns that are now obsolete, spick, "a nail" or "spike," and span, "a wooden chip." In the 1500s a sailing ship was considered spick and span when every spike and chip was brand-new. The transfer to the current sense took place in the mid-1800s.
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spick and span

mainly BRITISH
If a place is spick and span, it is very clean and tidy. Note: `Spick' is sometimes spelled `spic'. Ann was dusting the furniture, making sure her home was spick and span. The facilities were all spick and span. Note: You can also use spick-and-span before a noun. Its bright new buildings already resemble a spic-and-span Japanese car plant. Note: This expression has developed from an old-fashioned expression `spick and span-new', meaning `very new'. `Spick' probably came from a Dutch word meaning `new', and `span-new' meant `completely new'.
See also: and, span

ˌspick and ˈspan

(also ˌspic and ˈspan) clean, tidy and fresh: The boss likes everything spick and span in the office.
See also: and, span

spic and span

Neat and clean. A “spick” was a nail (as in “spike”), “span” was a wood shaving, and a new wooden object had shiny spicks in it and fresh spans around it. Over the years the meaning of newness was replaced by that of something fresh and clean (as a new object usually was).
See also: and, span, spic
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SPIC was established in 2015 through the merger of China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) and State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC).
SEP is rated two notches below its parent, SPIC, due to its strong operational and strategical linkage with its parent and support received from its parent.
SPIC MACAY has been exposing students to renditions of the best of our heritage by leading exponents in their respective fields.
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SPIC is wholly state-owned via the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) and has benefited from strong operational and strategic ties with the SASAC and consistent, substantial and tangible state support for its key role in two strategically important sectors: nuclear and thermal power.
Harris said: "The horses have all been running well and it's always good to have a double wherever you are, but Spic 'N Span's victory was particularly pleasing as he plugged on after showing all his speed for three furlongs.
Welcoming the helping hand extended by Spic Macay, Kalmadi mentioned that even staunch critics of the preparations for the games have changed their views and appreciated the organisers efforts.
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Spic Macay promotes Indian classical music, dance and other aspects of culture and it has branches in over 300 towns and cities all over the world.
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