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apple-pie order

excellent or perfect order:
Her desk is always in apple-pie order.
Origin of apple-pie order
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was a neat building, with everything in apple-pie order, and no danger of anything; rusting there for want of oil.

    Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau
  • My striker appears to have put everything in apple-pie order.

  • The Blue Grotto was placed in apple-pie order on the afternoon of the fourteenth of February.

  • Can he keep things in apple-pie order, and do half a dozen at once?

    Farm Ballads Will Carleton
  • All was in the apple-pie order in which I had left her pretty, luxurious room.

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • And he was devoted to his books, which were in apple-pie order.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • You fitted her out in apple-pie order, and she'll soon be there. '

    The Lady of the Aroostook William Dean Howells
  • Well, Jack, I suppose you keep your desk in apple-pie order.

  • Everything was in apple-pie order, except for the snafu in Arzachel, Crag thought bitterly.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Everything about her is in apple-pie order, and everybody wretched.

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