spick and span


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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 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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Manager Gary Gilmour said: "They've been named Spick and Span as they are always preening themselves.
I'm standing on the terraces at Bayer Leverkusen's ground, long before it became the spick and span BayArena, watching the home side beating Armenia Bielefeld.
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.
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CLEANERS are busy mak-making sure that a city war memorial is spick and span ahead of its role in Newcastle's First World War commemorations.
Looking spick and span in their blue uniforms are the three classes of children from Sacred Heart Primary School, Ayresome Street, Middlesbrough.
VOLUNTEERS from Cardiff Rivers Group joined members of Llandaff Rowing Club to get the river spick and span for the club's annual regatta.
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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.
Mrs West added: "The people of Coventry must try their best to keep the streets spick and span - there is now an excellent opportunity to show the judges how well the city can fare.
VIEWED from the outside, 4 Inn Lane Cottages in Hartlebury is an attractively spick and span but fairly typical mid-terraced house.
She says people eager for a clean-out often ask her to do a spring clean from top to bottom, which would take six to eight hours for an average two or three-bedroom house, and then ask her back on a weekly basis to keep the house spick and span.
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.