apple-pie order

apple-pie order

noun
excellent or perfect order: Her desk is always in apple-pie order.

Origin:
1770–80

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apple-pie order
 
n
informal perfect order or condition

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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]

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