spick-and-span new

  • 1 spick and span new — Brand new • • • Main Entry: ↑spick …

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  • 2 spick and span new —  every part new. S. Some derive this from a spear, the head of which was vulgarly called the spike, the handle or staff, the span ; so that spick and span new, was both head and staff, that is, the whole weapon, new …

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  • 3 spick-and-span-new — adjective see spick and span I …

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  • 4 spick-and-span new — Quite new, fire new, brand new …

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  • 5 spick-and-span — [spik′ n span′] adj. [short for spick and span new < spick, var. of SPIKE1 + SPAN NEW < ME spon neowe < ON spān nȳr < spānn, a chip, shaving + nȳr,NEW] 1. new or fresh 2. neat and clean …

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  • 6 spick and span — (also spic and span) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ neat, clean, and well looked after. ORIGIN originally in the sense «brand new»: from spick and span new, from Old Norse words meaning chip + new ; also influenced by Dutch spiksplinternieuw splinter new …

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  • 7 spick-and-span — adjective 1. conspicuously new shiny brand new shoes a spick and span novelty • Syn: ↑brand new, ↑bran new, ↑spic and span • Similar to: ↑new …

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  • 8 spick-and-span — /spik euhn span /, adj. 1. spotlessly clean and neat: a spick and span kitchen. 2. perfectly new; fresh. adv. 3. in a spick and span manner. [1570 80; short for spick and span new, alliterative extension of SPAN NEW] * * * …

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  • 9 spick and span — (also spic and span) adjective neat, clean, and well looked after. Origin C16 (in the sense brand new ): from spick and span new, emphatic extension of dialect span new, from ON spán nýr, from spánn chip + nýr new ; spick influenced by Du.… …

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  • 10 spick-and-span — /spɪk ən ˈspæn / (say spik uhn span) adjective 1. neat and clean. 2. perfectly new; fresh. Also, spick and span. {shortened form of spick and span new, variant of span new, from Old Norse spānnȳr, literally, chip new, that is, just cut from… …

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  • 11 spick-and-span — or spic and span adjective Etymology: short for spick and span new, from obsolete English spick spike + English and + span new Date: 1665 1. fresh, brand new 2. spotlessly clean …

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  • 12 spick-and-span — [[t]ˈspɪk ənˈspæn[/t]] adj. 1) spotlessly clean and neat 2) perfectly new; fresh 3) in a spick and span manner • Etymology: 1570–80; short for spick and span new, alliterative extension of span new …

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  • 13 spick and span — adj. 1 smart and new. 2 neat and clean. Etymology: 16th c. spick and span new, emphatic extension of ME span new f. ON spaacuten n|r f. spaacutenn chip + n|r new …

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  • 14 Spick and span — Spick Spick, n. [Cf. Sw. spik. See {Spike} a nail.] A spike or nail. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] {Spick and span}, 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… …

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  • 15 spick-and-span — spick and span, *neat, tidy, trim, trig, snug, shipshape Analogous words: *clean, cleanly: fresh, *new Antonyms: filthy …

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  • 16 spick-and-span — {adj.} Sparkling clean; having a brand new look. * /She is such a good housekeeper that her kitchen is always spick and span./ …

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  • 17 spick-and-span — {adj.} Sparkling clean; having a brand new look. * /She is such a good housekeeper that her kitchen is always spick and span./ …

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  • 18 spick-and-span — adjective Clean, spotless; original sense “like new”. I mopped up the kitchen floor so it was spick and span …

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  • 19 spick-and-span — adj Sparkling clean; having a brand new look. She is such a good housekeeper that her kitchen is always spick and span …

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  • 20 span-new — a. Brand new, fire new, quite new spick and span new …

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