spick and span love


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  • adjective idiomatic Alternative form of spick-and-span.


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  • What seemed most extraordinary of all, was that these literary larcenies were palmed upon the purchasers for spick and span new wares, and if, by any strange and improbable chance, a thick-headed critic should stumble with his noddle smack against some palpable plagiarism, the author would plead guilty to the indictment, and make a merit of serving up at second-hand

    What Gellius or Stobaeus hash'd before,

    Though chewed by blind old scholiasts o'er and o'er.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 12

    October 10, 2008

  • Entirely new - fresh or unused.

    May 13, 2010