spick-and-span

[spik-uh n-span]
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adverb
  1. in a spick-and-span manner.

Origin of spick-and-span

1570–80; short for spick-and-span-new, alliterative extension of span-new
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spick-and-span

spic-and-span

adjective
  1. extremely neat and clean
  2. new and fresh

Word Origin for spick-and-span

C17: shortened from spick-and-span-new, from obsolete spick spike, nail + span-new
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