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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'.
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ˌspick and ˈspan

(also ˌspic and ˈspan) clean, tidy and fresh: The boss likes everything spick and span in the office.
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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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Even if the mess doesn't completely dissuade a buyer, it seems that it certainly impacts on the price they'd be willing to pay, so kids keeping their rooms spick and span could really pay off," he added.
Lack of time was the most cited reason, and two in three householders said keeping their homes spick and span was much less important to them than it was to their parents.
Me Mam's next door at Auntie May at number ten, Wor coonsil hoose is spick and span, there's neewhere else te gaan, So Geordie surrendered, he knew when he was beat, And stayed put in the poshest coonsil hoose in the street
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The team of people at a Huddersfield depot who keep our buses running and keep them looking spick and span.
Daughters keep a family homestead clean and spick and span, Polish pans and launder curtains, white but never wan.
AFTER Steven Holt's letter about being charged for having rubbish collected in South Lanarkshire, I'd just like to say that Stirling Council are fitting new kitchens in our area and I have nothing but praise for the way the rubbish is collected by them daily, free of charge and everything is left spick and span.
But apart from a bulky and rather dated CRT television in my suite - due to be replaced with a flat screen - all was spick and span.
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Coun Louise Flowith, the council's cabinet member for operational services, said: "I am delighted the city centre will be spick and span, and free of gum.
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THE recent report on cleanliness in Britain's hospitals showed those still offering patients life-threatening filth with red dots, those who passed the spick and span tests with green.