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Origin of spick-and-span
Words nearby spick-and-span
Example sentences from the Web for spick-and-span
Nothing—except that the apartment was in spick-and-span order from end to end; and that must have taken some time to accomplish.The Road to Understanding|Eleanor H. Porter
A spick-and-span Italian lieutenant of gendarmerie paused in front of him and was clearly interested.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1|Henry Baerlein
He had recognized, despite disguising superficialities of garb and manner, Bertha's once spick-and-span butler.Port O' Gold|Louis John Stellman
He indulged to the full his whim that everything entering into the construction of "Abraham" should be spick-and-span.The Damnation of Theron Ware|Harold Frederic
But even they had to admit that Dickie was a spick-and-span young chap.The Tale of Dickie Deer Mouse|Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for spick-and-span
Word Origin for spick-and-span
Idioms and Phrases with spick-and-span
Neat and clean, as in When Ruth has finished cleaning, the whole house is spick and span. This term combines two nouns that are now obsolete, spick, “a nail” or “spike,” and span, “a wooden chip.” In the 1500s a sailing ship was considered spick and span when every spike and chip was brand-new. The transfer to the current sense took place in the mid-1800s.