apple-pie order


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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]
See also: order
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Parkins] was made welcome at the Globe Inn, was safely installed in the large double-bedded room of which we have heard, 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 .
After sharing third spot with Monty last time out, the Surrey prospect has his game in apple-pie order and the recent exploits of his Walker Cup pal Donald - they were so dynamic in brushing aside all American opposition it would be a surprise if Langer has not written them down as a must pairing - will act as a tremendous kick up the backside this week.
Within the main vineyard, everything is in apple-pie order, as are his wines.
It reveals that over 32 million acres of lawn are cultivated in North America, and $750 million spent every year on grass seed to keep them in verdant, apple-pie order.
Meanwhile, let's hope that next Sunday's FIFA observer finds everything in apple-pie order.
That usually means companies have to be much more efficient, because desks have to be left in apple-pie order for the next occupant.