apple-pie order


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apple-pie order

A very organized and neat state. Don't worry, we'll find that file—Elaine keeps all the records in apple-pie order.
See also: 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]
See also: order

apple-pie order

Very neat. One writer speculates that the term originated in the practice of New England housewives meticulously arranging apple slices on a pie crust. However, more likely it was a British corruption of the French nappes pliées, neat as “folded linen,” from the early seventeenth century. By the time Dickens used it in Our Mutual Friend (1865) it was already a cliché.
See also: order

apple pie order

Neat, orderly, well organized. Although the exact derivation is unknown, folk etymology (which word detectives fall back on when there's nothing more authoritative) suggests the following: New England housewives were so organized at slicing apples for their pies, laying out the slices inside the crust, and then making sure that the top and bottom crusts were evenly pinched together that their meticulousness gave rise to the phrase.
See also: apple, order, pie
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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.
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.