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[ship-sheyp] /ˈʃɪpˌʃeɪp/
in good order; well-arranged; trim or tidy.
in a shipshape manner.
Origin of shipshape
First recorded in 1635-45; ship1 + shape Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The room, seen by the lamplight, was shiplike, but as decidedly not shipshape.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "What I like about that is the shipshape way she puts it," commented Captain Perez.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Now we're all taut and shipshape and nobody can get aboard to interrupt.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • When you and I have that talk that's comin' to us we want to be shipshape and on an even keel.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The crew, glad to have the cutter clean once more, had made all shipshape.

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • Overhaul them well and see that everything is taut and shipshape.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • I don't want any wages, young sirs, but I want to be signed on all shipshape.

    The Pirate Shark Elliott Whitney
  • "I guess you'll find the place all shipshape," said the driver, as they set off.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Everything within the cannery was shipshape to handle a big run.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
British Dictionary definitions for shipshape


neat; orderly
in a neat and orderly manner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shipshape

also ship-shape, "properly arranged," 1640s, originally "according to the fashion of a (sailing) ship," where neatness is a priority and the rigging must be serviceable and stowed properly; from ship (n.) + shape (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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