spick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spick completely neat and clean "the apartment was immaculate","in her immaculate white uniform","a spick-and-span kitchen","their spic red-visored caps"
    • n spick (ethnic slur) offensive term for persons of Latin American descent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spick A spike or nail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spick A spike; a tenter.
    • n spick A titmouse.
    • n spick See spick-and-span-new.
    • spick An abbreviation of spick-and-span-new.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spick spik a nail, a spike
    • adj Spick tidy, fresh
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Idioms

Spick and span - If a room is spick and span, it is very clean and tidy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. spik,. See Spike a nail

Usage

In literature:

I suppose you won't begin to write till you're all as spick and span as if you were going to receive a call from him.
"The Coast of Bohemia" by William Dean Howells
The steamer was well fitted out, spick and span in fresh carpets and paint, and crowded to the utmost capacity for comfort.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
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
You take it as a matter of course that a girl should be neat and spick and span.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
The rest of the floor was spick and span as could be.
"The Dragon's Secret" by Augusta Huiell Seaman
Let him keep the outside of the house never so spick and span, inside was awry with her untidiness.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Dick was only thirteen years of age, but he was in love, and in love too with Captain Treves's wife, who, in his eyes, was spick-span perfection.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
At the Stable it is some time before everyone is thoroughly washed and dressed, beds are tidied, and everything spick and span.
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
Both looked spick and span as they marched out at the head of their respective commands.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
She looked far different from the spick-and-span battleship which had left Portsmouth only six weeks previously.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
And there's a spotless table-cloth, and all the accessories are spick and span.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Are we absolutely spick and span?
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
Whoever is spick-and-span on Sunday morning?
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
Now isn't that perfectly spick-and-span for a plan?
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
Who was this spick foreigner who ran hooting after her?
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
It looks as spick and span as if I had just left it.
"Mrs. Cliff's Yacht" by Frank R. Stockton
It positively sparkled in the sunlight; never was car more spick and span.
"Cynthia's Chauffeur" by Louis Tracy
It was a task the boy ordinarily hated, but he meant to leave the room spick and span on his departure.
"Under Boy Scout Colors" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
The craft was dirty, unkempt, it was not the smart, spick and span vessel that the Navy would operate.
"Sinister Paradise" by Robert Moore Williams
Our appearance in those days was not spick and span.
"To Lhassa at Last" by Powell Millington
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In poetry:

A fresh young man
With shoes of tan,
Looks spick and span--
Expectation.
"Vitascope Pictures" by Edwin Carty Ranck
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
Will go, like the center of sea-green pomp,
In an intenser calm,
Scullion of fate,
Across the spick torrent, ceaselessly,
Upon her irretrievable way.
"The Paltry Nude Starts On A Spring Voyage" by Wallace Stevens
"Oh, had I but the pen
That serves the inspired poet, I'd try to picture then,
With proper force and glow, it. The billowy waves of white,
The folds, the spick-and-span knot; Were I a bard, I might -
But as it is, I cannot.
"For One Night Only (A Tragedy) " by P G Wodehouse
So the grim marauders of Grimy Dan
Sailed the greasy Frying Pan into the bay
Where the Derby Hat all spick and span
A-drying her clothes in the offing lay.
"Ho!" cried the pirate, and likewise, "Hum!
Edam Schnapps and Jamaica Rum!"
"The Battle of Clothesline Bay" by Wallace Irwin