- excellent or perfect order: Her desk is always in apple-pie order.
Origin of apple-pie order
First recorded in 1770–80
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- informal perfect order or condition
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Extreme neatness, as in David keeps his financial records in apple-pie order. This term is generally believed to be an English corruption of the French nappes pliées, “neatly folded linen.” [Early 1600s]
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