spic 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.
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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Cinch, a 2-in-1 glass and hard surface cleaning product, was originally launched in 1991 as a Spic and Span extension.
Although Spic and Span and Cinch are highly profitable and recognizable consumer brands, they are no longer a strategic fit for us," said Mike Clasper, president of global home care, P&G.
Teams of street cleaners have been out and about ensuring everything is spic and span ahead of Friday's ceremony, with pavements ordered to be gleaming for the Royal couple following their Westminster Abbey marriage.
Laura Hayhurst, 22, teacher, Low Fell, said: My house is always tidy and I like to make sure it's spic and span so I think it's right.
He added: "People are out at 7am each morning keeping the place spic and span.
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First Place Winners will receive a "Clean Kit" gift basket of Spic and Span and other household cleaning products, as well as pet grooming products.
Today, Spic and Span is available in a variety of dilutable liquids, sprays and powders, and maintains its strong reputation for effective hard surface cleaning.