spick-and-span

[spik-uh n-span]

adjective

spotlessly clean and neat: a spick-and-span kitchen.
perfectly new; fresh.

adverb

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

extremely neat and clean
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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