spit and polish


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spit and polish

n.
Attention to appearance and order, as in a military unit.

spit′-and-pol′ish adj.

spit and polish

n
informal punctilious attention to neatness, discipline, etc, esp in the armed forces

spit′ and pol′ish


n.
great care in maintaining smart appearance and crisp efficiency.
spit′-and-pol′ish, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spit and polish - careful attention to order and appearance (as in the military)
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
orderliness, order - a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"
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After a hiatus of more than three decades from cinemas, Hammer returned in 2010 with Let Me In, and now adds spit and polish to this psychological thriller, which fittingly features the first appearance by Christopher Lee, left, for the studio in over 30 years.