Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 09, 2005
In Reply to: Spitting Image / Spick & Span posted by Jason Jacques on August 08, 2005
: Spitting Image / Spick & Span. I have just reviewed the entry for "Spitting Image", and while I had understood the derivation to have been "spit and image", my understanding was that that had come from military usage, as in "spit and polish" and making boots so shiny that one's reflection could be seen in them. Apologies for having no evidence whatsoever to back this claim!
: Also - does anyone have a derivation for "spick and span"?
See link below.