One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extremely clean or neat.
neat, neat and tidy, as neat as a new pin, orderly, well ordered, in order, in good order, well kept, shipshape, shipshape and bristol fashion, in apple-pie order, immaculate, spick and span, uncluttered, organized, well organized, well arranged, sorted out, straight, straightened out, trim, spruceView synonyms
- ‘He kept the big upper room, where his best customers gathered, as neat as a new pin.’
- ‘I've made him as neat as a new pin this morning, and he says the Bishop will think him too buckish by half.’
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