Spick-and-span new

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Spick-and-span new i.e. as new as a spike just made and a chip just split
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Spike, nail.

Usage

In literature:

Everything about the Veneerings was spick and span new.
"Our Mutual Friend" by Charles Dickens
The church is so offensively spick-and-span brand new and modern.
"Chronicles of Avonlea" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But there were ower mony great folks dipped in the same doings, to mak a spick and span new warld.
"Red Gauntlet" by Sir Walter Scott
But there were ower-mony great folks dipped in the same doings to make a spick-and-span new warld.
"Stories by English Authors: Scotland" by Various
Spick and span in their new uniforms, they came to drill daily on our parade ground.
"The Amateur Army" by Patrick MacGill
But there were ower mony great folks dipped in the same doings, to mak a spick and span new warld.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
It was a new sensation for me to be steaming down comfortably on a beautifully-kept steamer, as spick-and-span as a private yacht.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
They're sent home in a spick-span box and you couldn't tell 'em from new.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Sophy Davis sat in a front seat, spick and span in a new dress, which might have been made for the occasion.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I want it spick, span, new; and to be absolutely up-to-date.
"Five Little Peppers at School" by Margaret Sidney
Spick and span new, its meaning, 330.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
This is probably the true explanation of spick and span new.
"Notes and Queries, Number 78, April 26, 1851" by Various
It was Len Haley, attired in a brand new Christmas suit, and looking as spick and span as one could wish.
"Dorothy's Triumph" by Evelyn Raymond
Spick and span new, 521.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
They were driven by coachmen who, as well as the guards behind, were arrayed in spick-and-span new scarlet and gold.
"The Royal Mail" by James Wilson Hyde
And she, poised on a chair, her dainty ankles showing, looked spick and span also in a pretty new dress.
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
In Castle Square, hard by, stands the new Market-house, a spick-and-span production of the 1887 Jubilee year.
"Nooks and Corners of Shropshire" by H. Thornhill Timmins
Young master followed his sisters in a spick-and-span new uniform, looking especially well pleased at himself.
"Off to Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

They once were new
And spick and span,
As nice as clothes could be;
For though John hardly can
Be called a man,
They were made for men you see.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates