The Alternative English Dictionary: apple-pie order

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Entry definition

apple-pie order etymology {{rfv-etymology}} unknown. First recorded in 1780 in the sea journal of an Englishman. There are two mainstream theories as to its origin, although there is no evidence for either:
  • French cap-à-pied
  • French
The proposed nappe pliée fits more closely with the date of first attestation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A neat and tidy arrangement or organization.
    • 1899, , , And he was devoted to his books, which were in apple-pie order.
    • 1904, , He was made welcome...and was able before retiring to rest to arrange his materials for work in apple-pie order upon a commodious table which occupied the outer end of the room...

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