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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

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
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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For the avoidance of doubt, it is in apple-pie order to reference Biblical validation in approbation: 'And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.' Leviticus 25:10.
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