spit-and-polish love



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  • adj. paying much attention to outward appearance


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  • Although Russian armed forces suffered from severe funding shortages and morale problems in the early years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the parade put forth the image of a spit-and-polish and vigorous military, with an emphasis on discipline and precision.

    Russia Celebrates Victory Day

  • Instead, I look at my story and ask myself if that little piece I think could use a bit more spit-and-polish is really necessary.

    Archive 2010-03-01

  • He needed a radically new kind of army if he was to defeat hordes of screaming Illyrians or the spit-and-polish professionals of the Sacred Band.

    Alexander the Great

  • On the first day the spit-and-polish Army of the Potomac paraded to cheering crowds.

    Between War and Peace

  • The mere appearance of these spit-and-polish redcoats raised the question of relative rank that annoyed Washington and his officers.

    George Washington’s First War

  • The first phase at Sandhurst consisted of brutal physical training, drills, and never-ending spit-and-polish inspections.

    William and Kate

  • The man lived, but the daylight assassination attempt—on the steps of a landmark government building where spit-and-polish guards kept constant security but failed to chase the assailants—reminded Iranians of dark forces still lurking, and of how little Khatami and his legions of voters had yet achieved.

    Let the Swords Encircle Me

  • But, true to the spit-and-polish ethos of the American Army, whatever was done had to be "by the book."

    Hoyt Hilsman: Investigating Bush-Cheney Torture Policies "By the Book"

  • A case in point is where Ledezma chose new garbage trucks to "spit-and-polish" up-market streets and in doing so sabotaged the budgets for regular garbage collection in Chavez-oriented areas to foist the blame and discredit Mayor Rodriguez for that garbage chaos that ensued.

    Fox -friendly 24/7 Globovision TV's Parallel Reality is a Necessity for Venezuela's Progress!

  • But the point is that this space that I own and administer is used as a beginning of sorts for the presentation and circulation of ideas, and it is not meant to be an end product that is given the spit-and-polish of a publication-worthy piece.

    Beware, There be grammarians in these waters


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