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The saying ‘spic and span’ meant new. A span was a wood shaving.shaving

If something was newly built it would have tell-tale wood chips so it was ‘span new’ spick is an old word for a nail.Adding Nails - Intro

New spicks or nails would be shiny. However words and phrases often change their meanings over centuries and spick and span came to mean neat and tidy.

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