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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

cap-a-pie

\cap-uh-PEE\ , adverb;
1.
From head to foot; at all points.
Quotes:
Yet it is increasingly hard to ignore other scientific predictions sashaying into the press dressed cap-a-pie in silver lining.
-- Andrew Marr, "Skegness: not so much bracing as basking?", Daily Telegraph, January 14, 2004
The dress code was smart but informal and Cherie Blair cut an appropriately dark but bohemian figure dressed cap-a-pie in floor-length black leather.
-- Cassandra Jardine, "Court of King Tony takes centre stage", Daily Telegraph, September 8, 2001
They are of one shade cap-a-pie, black as midnight and fleet of wing.
-- M.D. Harmon, "Sorry, but it's true: Birds of a feather do flock together", Portland Press Herald, January 5, 2004
In another age, there would have been beheadings, clanging prison doors in the dark Tower; there would have been a second royal court with an army preparing to do battle, prancing steeds and knights armored cap-a-pie.
-- Arnold Beichman, "Spellbinding farewell . . . and fantasy", Washington Times, September 10, 1997
Origin:
cap-a-pie is from Middle French (de) cap a pé, "from head to foot," from Latin ped, "foot" + caput, "head."
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