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apple-pie order

noun
1.
excellent or perfect order:
Her desk is always in apple-pie order.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80
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British Dictionary definitions for apple pie order

apple-pie order

noun
1.
(informal) perfect order or condition
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Slang definitions & phrases for apple pie order

apple-pie order

noun phrase

A condition of neatness, correctness, and propriety: Paul keeps the financial records in apple-pie order


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Idioms and Phrases with apple pie 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 ]
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