in apple-pie order

*in apple-pie order

Fig. in very good order; very well organized. (*Typically: be ~; get something ~; put something ~.) Please put everything in apple-pie order before you leave. I always put my desk in apple-pie order every evening. I've put my entire life into apple-pie order.
See also: order
References in classic literature ?
He kept his ship in apple-pie order, which would have been seamanlike enough but for a finicking touch in its details.