Definition of Spic-and-span

1. Adjective. Conspicuously new. "A spick-and-span novelty"

Exact synonyms: Bran-new, Brand-new, Spick-and-span
Similar to: New
Derivative terms: Brand-newness



2. Adjective. Completely neat and clean. "Their spic red-visored caps"
Exact synonyms: Immaculate, Speckless, Spic, Spick, Spick-and-span, Spotless
Similar to: Clean
Derivative terms: Immaculateness, Spotlessness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spic-and-span

sphygmoviscosimetry
sphygmus
sphygmuses
sphynx
sphynxes
sphyraenoid
sphære
sphæres
sphæric
sphærical
sphæroid
sphæroidal
spial
spials
spic
spic-and-span (current term)
spic and span
spica
spica bandage
spicae
spicas
spicate
spicated
spiccato
spiccato bowing
spiccatos
spice
spice bush
spice cake
spice cookie

Literary usage of Spic-and-span

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Varieties of Literature: Being, Principally, Selections from the Portfolio by John Henry Brady (1826)
"Another Account—" Spic and span new" is an idea taken from cloth stretched or expanded on the spikes or tenter-hooks; which is said to be " spic or span new ..."

2. Words, Facts, and Phrases: A Dictionary of Curious, Quaint, & Out-of-the-way by Eliezer Edwards (1882)
"Spic and span new is said to be cloth just taken off the spikes or spanners used in stretching it. Another derivation of the latter will, however, ..."

3. Lives of Twelve Good Men by John William Burgon (1889)
"... Mr. John Higgins with a sight of many of the poet's lesser efforts,—" spic and span " as she phrased it,—transcribed in her own beautiful Italian hand. ..."

4. Lives of Twelve Good Men by John William Burgon (1888)
"... admiration of Cowper, Mrs. Unwin used to indulge Mr. John Higgins with a sight of many of the poet's lesser efforts,—" spic and span " as she phrased it ..."

5. Lives of Twelve Good Men by John William Burgon (1888)
"... Mr. John Higgins with a sight of many of the poet's lesser efforts,—" spic and span " as she phrased it,—transcribed in her own beautiful Italian hand. ..."

6. Camera (1907)
"... though he painted emotionally, painted with strength and a sane sincerity that make his works as little sugary as they are dazzling, or spic and span, ..."

7. The Attaché: Or Sam Slick in England by Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1856)
"Congregations are rigged out in their spic and span bran new clothes, silks, satins, ribbins, leghorns, ..."

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