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apple-pie order

Definitions

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  • n. A neat and tidy arrangement or organization

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perfect order or arrangement.

Etymologies

Unknown. First recorded in 1780 in the sea journal of an Englishman. There are two respectable-sounding theories as to its origin, although there is no evidence for either: (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was in apple-pie order — the bed neatly made, the wash-hand apparatus set in order, as though the occupant might return at any moment, every speck of dust removed — a tribute to Woodward’s reverent affection, but a depressing sight for an investigator.

    The Unpleasantness At The Belladonna Club

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