spick-and-span

adjective
\ ˌspik-ən(d)-ˈspan How to pronounce spick-and-span (audio) , ˌspik-ᵊŋ- \
variants: or spic-and-span

Definition of spick-and-span

2 : spotlessly clean

First Known Use of spick-and-span

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spick-and-span

short for spick-and-span-new, from obsolete English spick spike + English and + span-new

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The first known use of spick-and-span was in 1665

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“Spick-and-span.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spick-and-span. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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spick-and-span

adjective
variants: or spic-and-span \ ˌspik-​ən-​ˈspan \

Kids Definition of spick-and-span

1 : quite new and unused
2 : very clean and neat

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