spick-and-span new

spick-and-span new
Quite new, fire-new, brand-new.

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  • spick and span new — Brand new • • • Main Entry: ↑spick …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • spick-and-span-new — adjective see spick and span I …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 …   English World dictionary

  • 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 …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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… …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary