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.
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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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LONDON is undergoing its final spit-and-polish clean and security checks before the eyes of the world cast their gaze towards the capital.
Which MoD idiot thought the last financial year a good time to increase spending on spit-and-polish from pounds 787,000 to pounds 1.
He was bigger than life in his spit-and-polish uniform complete with a pearl-handled revolver.