spit and polish

noun

Definition of spit and polish 

: extreme attention to cleanliness, orderliness, smartness of appearance, and ceremony often at the expense of operational efficiency

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spit-and-polish adjective

Examples of spit and polish in a Sentence

All the car needs is some spit and polish.

First Known Use of spit and polish

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spit and polish

from the practice of polishing objects such as shoes by spitting on them and then rubbing them with a cloth

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spit and polish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spit and polish

: careful attention to making something clean and polished

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