apple-pie order

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Unknown. First recorded in 1780 in the sea journal of an Englishman. There are two respectable-sounding theories as to its origin, although there is no evidence for either:

  • French cap-à-pie (head to foot)
  • French nappe plié (folded linen)

The term apple-pie bed originates from around the same period, which gives a bit more credibility to the "folded linen" origin.

NounEdit

apple-pie order

  1. (colloquial, dated) A neat and tidy arrangement or organization

ReferencesEdit

  • Partridge, Dictionary of Slang, 7th Ed.
  • "Apple-pie order" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.
Last modified on 16 June 2013, at 18:14