propre comme un sou neuf

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally, "clean as a brand new penny".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pʁɔ.pʁə kɔm œ̃ su nœf/

Adjective[edit]

propre comme un sou neuf (plural propres comme des sous neufs)

  1. (simile) Very clean; squeaky clean; clean as a whistle.

Usage notes[edit]

Only used in the physical sense of clean, never the moral one, which is carried by blanc comme neige.