Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of spick-and-span.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. completely neat and clean
  • adj. conspicuously new

Etymologies

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Examples

  • But after the kitchen was spic-and-span, Zach grabbed a stack of manuals that had come in the mail that afternoon, and disappeared.

    The Dark Side of Innocence

  • I consulted the fascinating study by Witold Rybczynski, Home: A Short History of an Idea, to find out the story behind the beautiful paintings and spic-and-span interiors of Dutch homes.

    Dutch Domesticity in the Golden Age

  • Headquarters needed to look spic-and-span for the Life magazine shoot.

    Tom Folsom: Gangster Chic: Joey Gallo

  • Enough accepted his invitation to create an inspired compromise between restaurant-style comfort -- table service, spic-and-span toilets, menus with clear prices -- and the immediacy of the street-food experience.

    Street Smarts

  • The check-in is prompt and polite, and their counter is spic-and-span (and yes, that does make an impression when, as in Delhi, it adjoins the peeling Air Dakkan — as we refer to it — counter).

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  • I admit it: I've bristled a time or two at the suggestion that a spic-and-span house, incessant reading, and parenting seem effortless in your neck of the woods.

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  • Lamps, books, and china had stayed put, and the little bedroom looked spic-and-span.

    Barbara Bush

  • All in all, when filled with the crew and their gear, it no longer radiated the spic-and-span aspect it wore when I last saw it.

    Sasaki

  • Three months later it was transformed into what the realtor called "a spic-and-span charmer of a cottage in the woods," and after repaying his friends and the bank and the unbelievably patient credit manager at Lowe's, Don walked away from the place with nine thousand dollars in capital.

    Homebody

  • Geof named a sergeant, a spic-and-span officer with a stern, reserved personality and a paradoxically sweet smile.

    Twilight

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