spick-and-span


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spick-and-span

also spic-and-span  (spĭk′ən-spăn′)
adj.
1. Immaculately clean; spotless: "young men in spick-and-span uniforms" (Edith Wharton).
2. Brand-new; fresh.

[Short for obsolete spick and span-new : spick, spike (variant of spike) + span-new.]

spick-and-span

(ˈspɪkənˈspæn) or

spic-and-span

adj
1. extremely neat and clean
2. new and fresh
[C17: shortened from spick-and-span-new, from obsolete spick spike, nail + span-new]

spick-and-span

(ˈspɪk ənˈspæn)

adj.
1. spotlessly clean and neat.
2. perfectly new; fresh.
adv.
3. in a spick-and-span manner.
[1570–80; short for spick-and-span-new, alliterative extension of span -new]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spick-and-span - conspicuously new; "shiny brand-new shoes"; "a spick-and-span novelty"
new - not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered; "a new law"; "new cars"; "a new comet"; "a new friend"; "a new year"; "the New World"
2.spick-and-span - completely neat and clean; "the apartment was immaculate"; "in her immaculate white uniform"; "a spick-and-span kitchen"; "their spic red-visored caps"
clean - free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals"

spick-and-span

also spic-and-span
adjective
In good order or clean condition:
Chiefly British: tight.
Translations

spick-and-span

[ˈspɪkənˈspæn] ADJ [house, room] → impecable, como los chorros del oro; [person] → acicalado
they left the cottage spick-and-spandejaron el chalet impecable, dejaron el chalet como los chorros del oro
everything must be kept spick-and-spantodo tiene que estar impecable

spick-and-span

adj house etcblitzsauber, tipptopp in Ordnung pred; to look spick-and-span (person) → wie aus dem Ei gepellt aussehen; (house) → blitzsauber sein

spick-and-span

[ˌspɪkənˈspæn] adjpulito/a come uno specchio
References in classic literature ?
Her mother perceived, for the first time, that the second vehicle was not a humble conveyance like the first, but a spick-and-span gig or dog-cart, highly varnished and equipped.
See Appendix A] appeared at the door in a spick-and-span new blue cloth uniform, decorated with shining brass buttons, and with bands of gold lace around his cap and wristbands; and he wore white gloves, too.
"I suppose it would be profanation to eat anything in this spick-and-span bower, so as I'm tremendously hungry, I propose an adjournment," he added presently.
'Purchase new machines, if needed, but we want Karachi spick-and-span,' the commission snapped during the hearing at the Sindh High Court on Wednesday.
Some parts of the country are notably spick-and-span with Hunza standing above all else.
Keep Renfrew Beautiful Three Bears Nursery youngsters want to keep their town spick-and-span
The municipality is visibly spick-and-span. Garbage cans dot the streets and are emptied regularly.
Keep your car spick-and-span. Holiday season means a lot of motoring around and it pays to have your car tuned up and spick-and-span.
Boss Richard Doe said: "Kids keeping their rooms spick-and-span could pay off for parents selling homes."