- spotlessly clean and neat: a spick-and-span kitchen.
- perfectly new; fresh.
- 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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Examples from the Web for spick-and-span
I doubt if Sir Francis had it all so spick-and-span—for in his day we were very nearly as far from lawn mowers as from turbines.Adventures and Enthusiasms
E. V. Lucas
The spick-and-span occupants of the reception bureau evidently regarded him as Room Number So-and-so.The Terms of Surrender
But give me the sububs and stucco, smart villas, and spick-and-span shops.
The captain looked suspiciously from the two grimy travellers to the spick-and-span Englishmen in golfing costume.Round the World in Seven Days
“I never realised before what a spick-and-span person you were,” she observed.Jacob's Ladder
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- extremely neat and clean
- new and fresh
C17: shortened from spick-and-span-new, from obsolete spick spike, nail + span-new