Spruce vs Shipshape - What's the difference?
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Spruce is a related term of shipshape.
As a noun spruce
is (obsolete) prussia.
As an adjective shipshape is
meticulously neat and tidy.
Any of various large coniferous evergreen trees from the genus Picea , found in northern temperate and boreal regions; originally and more fully spruce fir.
(uncountable) The wood of a spruce.
(used attributively) Made of the wood of the spruce.
(obsolete) Prussia leather; pruce.
* E. Phillips
- That spruce table is beautiful!
- Spruce , a sort of leather corruptly so called for Prussia leather.
(comparable) Smart, trim, and elegant in appearance; fastidious (said of a person).
* 1919 ,
* 2012 , The Economist, 13th Oct 2012,
- He had great neatness of person, and he continued to wear his spruce black coat and his bowler hat, always a little too small for him, in a dapper, jaunty manner.
Plessey returns: Chips with everything
- The two clean rooms, where chips are made, are sprucer than a hospital theatre.
To arrange neatly; tidy up.
) To make oneself spruce (neat and elegant in appearance).
meticulously neat and tidy
* 1937 , , 01:44:00:
Organized, serviceable, trained and ready for action
- -- When are you going out fishing again? -- Oh, in about six weeks, when we're shipshape aloft.