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From Old French (de) cap à pied (modern French de pied en cap), from Latin caput ‎(head) + pes ‎(foot).[5]


cap-a-pie ‎(not comparable)

  1. From head to toe.
    • XVII cent., Abraham Cowley, The Dangers of an Honest Man in much Company
      If twenty thousand naked Americans were not able to resist the assaults of but twenty well-armed Spaniards, I see little possibility for one honest man to defend himself against twenty thousand knaves, who are all furnished cap-a-pie with the defensive arms of worldly prudence, and the offensive, too, of craft and malice.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers
      Miss Thorne when fully dressed might be said to have been armed cap-a-pie, and she was always fully dressed, as far as was ever known to mortal man.


  1. ^ A Dictionary of English Phrases (1922)
  2. ^ The Universal Magazine Vol.90 p.71 (1792)
  3. ^ David Booth (1836) An Analytical Dictionary of the English Language, Simpkin, Marshall and Company, London
  4. ^ The London Encyclopaedia vol.5 p.118 (1829) Thomas Tegg, London
  5. ^ Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1895) Dictionary of Phrase and Fable; giving the Derivation, Source, or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell, Vol.1 p.212, Cassell and Company, London
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