Spick and Span

Meaning of Idiom ‘Spick and Span’ To be spick and span means to be very neat, clean, and organized; to be perfectly maintained and looking as if new.  1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995., 2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013., 3Bengelsdorf, Peter. Idioms in the News – 1,000 Phrases, Real Examples. N.p.: … Read more

Clean Up Your Act

Meaning of Idiom ‘Clean Up Your (or one’s) Act’ To clean up your (his/her) act means to improve your behavior and begin acting in a more acceptable way. 1Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010. Usage “I got back together with Anthony,” said Laura. “He’s … Read more

Clean as a Whistle

Meaning of Idiom ‘Clean as a Whistle’ Clean as a whistle means extremely clean, squeaky clean, clear, spotless. There are other possible meanings are less common in modern use: 1. Completely, thoroughly. 2. Innocent, guilt-free, free from wrongdoing. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, … Read more

Clean as a Hound’s Tooth

Meaning of Idiom ‘Clean as a House Tooth’ Clean as a hound’s tooth means very clean, highly polished, etc.; innocent and honest. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Price, Steven D. Endangered Phrases: Intriguing Idioms Dangerously Close to Extinction. Skyhorse Pub., 2011. Compare clean as a whistle. Examples Of Use “They were all freshly … Read more