spick and span


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spick and span

adjective neat, trim, tidy, clean, immaculate, impeccable, spruce, spotless, shipshape, fresh as paint, in apple-pie order (informal) The apartment was spick and span.
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Peking is now pointing with wonder and delight to a new exchange, spick and span, with a couple of ten-thousand-wire switchboards.
When she came home from church, she did not, as she would have heretofore, change at once into calico, but protected by a spick and span white apron, kept on the best frock through dinner and, frequently, until chore time in the afternoon.
Da Souza himself, spick and span, with glossy boots and a flower in his buttonhole, was certainly the least shabby thing in the room.
The Emperor of Russia would be thankful to be able to pay fifty thousand a year to one of these amiable constitutional poodles, so gentle, so nicely curled, so caressing, so docile, always spick and span,-- careful watch-dogs besides, and faithful to a degree
His city house is of the spick and span order, and he evinces a great interest in burglarproof devices.
But the traders ruined his digestion with too much champagne, and after several years he fell for the Gospel according to the Methodists, sent his people to church, and cleaned up the beach and the trading crowd so spick and span that he would not permit them to smoke a pipe out of doors on Sunday, and, fined one of the chief traders one hundred gold sovereigns for washing his schooner's decks on the Sabbath morn.
He ran into the next room, and there stood Geppetto, grown years younger overnight, spick and span in his new clothes and gay as a lark in the morning.
No man-of-war was ever kept more spick and span from careless touch.
Everything about the Veneerings was spick and span new.
North Tyneside Council has spent PS200,000 on the machines in an effort to keep the borough spick and span.
The roads, however, where you are unlikely to see any pedestrians, are spick and span.
Rawalpindi -- The tall claims made by Waste management Company of making the city spick and span stand exposed in Union Council 40, which has become a virtual garbage dump.