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SPIC-AND-SPAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spic-and-span mean? 

SPIC-AND-SPAN (adjective)
  The adjective SPIC-AND-SPAN has 2 senses:

1. conspicuously new
2. completely neat and clean

  Familiarity information: SPIC-AND-SPAN used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPIC-AND-SPAN (adjective)


Sense 1spic-and-span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conspicuously new

Synonyms:

bran-new; brand-new; spic-and-span; spick-and-span

Context examples:

shiny brand-new shoes / a spick-and-span novelty

Similar:

new (not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered)


Sense 2spic-and-span [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Completely neat and clean

Synonyms:

immaculate; speckless; spic; spotless; spick; spick-and-span; spic-and-span

Context examples:

the apartment was immaculate / in her immaculate white uniform / a spick-and-span kitchen / their spic red-visored caps

Similar:

clean (free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits)


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