spick and span love

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  • adj. Alternative form of spick-and-span.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. quite new; that is, as new as a spike or nail just made and a chip just split; brand-new; as, a spick and span novelty. See Span-new.

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  • Entirely new - fresh or unused.

    May 13, 2010

  • What seemed most extraordinary of all, was that these literary larcenies were palmed upon the purchasers for spick and span new wares, and if, by any strange and improbable chance, a thick-headed critic should stumble with his noddle smack against some palpable plagiarism, the author would plead guilty to the indictment, and make a merit of serving up at second-hand

    What Gellius or Stobaeus hash'd before,
    Though chewed by blind old scholiasts o'er and o'er.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008