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View synonyms for apple-pie order

apple-pie order

noun

  1. excellent or perfect order:

    Her desk is always in apple-pie order.



apple-pie order

noun

  1. informal.
    perfect order or condition


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Word History and Origins

Origin of apple-pie order1

First recorded in 1770–80
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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

I cannot find it among his papers—which, for the rest, are in apple-pie order.

It was a neat building, with everything in apple-pie order, and no danger of anything; rusting there for want of oil.

It was a neat building, with everything in apple-pie order, and no danger of anything rusting there for want of oil.

The last-named clearance had only just been effected, and the dormitory was in apple-pie order before the fox's intrusion.

Survivors bless the rod, an' fix up everythin' round the house in apple-pie order.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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