American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as spick-and-span-new.
- adj. conspicuously new
- adj. completely neat and clean
- Short for obsolete spick and span-new : spick, spike (variant of spike1) + span-new. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I recommend Villa Taghazoute for social fun, l'Auberge for relaxed backpackers it is spick-and-span clean with great views, and Villa Mandala for an artist/writer/businessperson retreat -- or even to get some work done.”
“RACHEL DORNHELM: In the spick-and-span kitchen of Vallejo Fire Station 27, the sweet smell of flavored coffee hangs in the air.”
“Someone from the health department would knock on my door to make sure my kitchen was spick-and-span, as I sold packaged foods.”
“She would not settle for less than spick-and-span.”
“This distancing of animals, while imagining ourselves to be safe and clean inside our spick-and-span, chemically cleaned homes is, on one level, darkly comic.”
“When I visited AOL's spick-and-span headquarters near Dulles Airport last week, on dozens of walls and cubicles I saw bumper stickers that read members rule.”
“In fact, my dear, spick-and-span General Peter Pace, adultery is one of those activities that takes only one married entity to tango.”
“The ancient option: Dover Castle is the ultimate castle in the air, towering above cliffs and town, spick-and-span as a flat-pack fortress from a children's playground.”
“Thankfully, wikiHow has a useful room-by-room guide to help get your apartment spick-and-span.”
“He looked spick-and-span, as if he'd managed to sit this one out.”
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