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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.
See also: and, span, spick

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).
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SPIC exports most of its production to converters of baby diapers and sanitary napkins in the Middle East, Europe, the Persian Gulf, Asia and Africa.
There was only a nose between Spic 'N Span and runner-up Griffin Point and judge Guy Lewis had to explain his decision to connections of the secondplaced horse.
I mean it was the first time that we have been invited to India for this convention SPIC MACAY.
I was called an Italian b***d, a spic and was told that I had been thrown out of Italy.
Spic and Span, an all purpose cleaning product, was invented in the 1930s and acquired by P&G in 1945.
It looked too close to call but Spic 'N Span got the verdict by the minimum margin of a nose.
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.
The possibilities for closer cooperation will be discussed at this forum, at which the Turkish businessmen said Macedonia had great potential and offered excellent conditions for foreign investment, Spic reports.
Of some comfort to Fanning was that neither of his intended rides, Spic 'N Span and Green Passion, were placed.
These customers include MRF Limited, Henkel Spic India Limited, Simpson & Company Limited, Tata Infotech Limited, Satyam Infoway Limited, Planet M, PSEG India Private Limited and National Institute of Oceanography.
In the Great Plains, he declares that the poor people's houses "needed paint," as though the tenants might not have priorities more pressing than keeping their outer walls spic and span; he also notes the appliances that "littered" their yards, apparently unaware that this is not slovenliness but economic sense.
Among the company's brand names are Chloraseptic[R] sore throat treatments, Clear Eyes[R] eye care products, Compound W[R] wart removers; The Doctor's[R] NightGuard[R] dental protector, the Little Remedies[R] line of pediatric OTC products, and Comet[R] and Spic and Span[R] household cleaners.
Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corporation Limited (SPIC) will be winding up SPIC Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd, its wholly-owned subsidiary in Mauritius and its step-down subsidiary SPIC Fertilizers and Chemicals FZE (SFC FZE), Dubai.
It was an excellent day for the winter's champion all-weather rider Luke Morris for he landed a 95-1 treble, winning both divisions of the 7f handicap, on Jonnie Skull for trainer Phil McEntee and Bold Diva for Tony Carroll, and then taking the 5f seller on Spic 'n Span for Ron Harris.
Vreme and Spic backed by A1 television illegally organized a game of chance from 7 December 2009 to 9 April 2011 promising a lot of prizes including a car and a house in the complex Hot-hot 1 in the neighborhood of Dolno Sonje.