Definition for SPICK-AND-SPAN

SPICK-AND-SPAN, a. [Spick and span.]

Bright; shining; as, a garment spick and span new, or span-new. Spick is from the root of the It. spicco, brightness; spiccare, to shine; spiccar le parole, to speak distinctly; spicciare, to rush out, the radical sense of which is to shoot or dart. Span is probably from the root of spangle, Gr. φεγγω, G. spiegel, a mirror.

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