to be spic and span



Idiom Definition

"to be spic and span"

to be very clean and tidy;

to have everything in order;

to be brand new

Idiom Definition - to be spic and span

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be spic and span

Helen had been meaning to clean up the garage.  It was very messy and disorganized and the car could barely fit in.  Helen got her act together and cleaned the garage while Ralph was away on a camping trip.  After Ralph returned from his trip, he said to Helen...

"Wow, honey, the garage is all spic and span!  Great job!"

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be spic and span

Ralph had been out camping for a week.  He had not shaved or bathed.  His clothes were a mess.  When Ralph arrived home, he immediately took a shower, shaved and put on some fresh clean clothes.  Ralph's wife, Helen, takes one look at Ralph and says...

"My, don't you look all spic and span?"


to be spic and span - Usage:

formal<---------------|-X-------------->informal


to be spic and span - Gerund Form:

Looking spic and span requires care and attention to detail.

to be spic and span - Examples:

1)  I look spic and span when I shave.

2)  You look spic and span after a haircut.

3)  He looks spic and span with his new suit.

4)  She looks spic and span today.

5)  The house is spic and span after complete cleaning.

6)  We look spic and span in our new uniforms.

7)  You (all) look spic and span after a good grooming.

8)  They look spic and span when they care for their appearances.

9)  Is he looking pretty spic and span with his new suit?

10)  The boats have been spic and span since leaving dry-dock.

11)  The garage has not been spic and span recently.

12)  Did the bedroom look spic and span yesterday?

13)  You had looked spic and span until the windstorm blew your hair.

14)  He had looked spic and span until he stained his new suit.

15)  We had not been looking spic and span for a couple of hours because we had torn our uniforms.

16)  Will the shoes have looked spic and span for a couple of hours by the time they get scuffed again?

17)  Learn how to remove the screens and panes and you can get them spic and span with sudsy water, sponges and a squeegee.

18)  The average married woman spends five-and-a-half years dusting, hoovering and keeping the house spic and span.

19)  It's nice to see a kitchen that is spic and span, constantly tidy and well thought out.

20)  Before she became blind I remember her being very spic and span and obviously this trait has followed her into her blindness.