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apple-pie

[ap-uh l-pahy]
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  1. pertaining to or embodying traditional American values: apple-pie virtues; an apple-pie issue that no politician could vote against.
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Word Origin and History for apple pie

attested from 1580s, from apple + pie; noted by 1893 as a typical American dish. Apple-pie bed as a name for a childish prank is recorded from 1781; supposedly from the way of making apple turnovers, but some think it a folk etymology of French nappe pliée "folded sheet."

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