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apple-pie order

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noun

excellent or perfect order: Her desk is always in apple-pie order.

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RELATED WORDS

neatness, orderly, shipshape, tidiness

Nearby words

apple sucker, apple tree borer, apple valley, apple-pie, apple-pie bed, apple-pie order, apple-polish, appleby, applecart, appledrain, applejack

Origin of apple-pie order

First recorded in 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for apple-pie order

apple-pie order


noun

informal perfect order or condition
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Idioms and Phrases with apple-pie order

apple-pie order


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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