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See Also: CLEANLINESS
- The big house ran like a Swiss clock — Rita Mae Brown
- (The market is in absolute) chaos … like people running out on the field after a Mets game —Howard Farber, New York Times, October 5, 1986
- The chaos described by Farber refers to the x-rated video industry.
Chaotic as the floor of the stock exchange at the closing bell —William Diehl
- (Chaos and) disorder is like a pebble in my shoe or loose hair under my shirt collar —Warren Miller
- Disorder piles up like a (local California) mountain —Janet Flanner
- Household ordered like a monastic establishment —Gustave Flaubert
- Housekeeping, like good manners, is usually inconspicuous —Peg Bracken
- Keeps house like a Dutch housekeeper —Anaĩs Nin
The person whose neatness is likened to that of a Dutch housekeeper is novelist Henry Miller.
- (The whole lot was) littered like a schoolroom after a paper fight —Mary Hood
- Neat and bare as a Gl’s footlocker —George Garrett
See Also: EMPTINESS
- (Withered little Filipino men, as) neat and brittle as whiskbrooms —Fletcher Knebel
- Neat and dustless as a good museum —George Garrett
- Neat and soft as a puff of smoke —George Garrett
See Also: SOFTNESS
- Neat as a coffin —Anon
- Neat as a cupcake —Laurie Colwin
- (The little one-story house was as …) neat as a fresh pinafore —Raymond Chandler
- Neat as a hoop —Rosellen Brown
- Neat as a morgue —Wilfrid Sheed
- Neat as an employee prepared to be given a pink slip and told to clear out his desk within half an hour —Elyse Sommer
- Neat as a pin —American colloquialism
This has its roots in the English expression “Neat as a ninepence,” and serves as continuing inspiration for catchy “Neat as” comparisons.
- (House,) neat as a stamp collection —Marge Piercy
- (He was) neat as a warm stone —Don Robertson
- Neat as pie crust —Julia O’Faolain
- (You are) rumpled like a sweater —Marge Piercy
Another example of a simile used as an introducer, in this case a poem entitled Nothing More Will Happen.
- Their rooms were neat as monk’s cells —Babs H. Deal
- (He said that) the lawn and house should be neat and pass inspection … like a soldier’s bunk and beard —Mary Morris
- Untidy … like a bird of paradise that had been out all night in the rain —Oscar Wilde
Past participle: ordered
|Noun||1.||order - (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed; "the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"|
marching orders - an order from a superior officer for troops to depart
summons - an order to appear in person at a given place and time
word - a verbal command for action; "when I give the word, charge!"
|2.||order - a degree in a continuum of size or quantity; "it was on the order of a mile"; "an explosion of a low order of magnitude"|
magnitude - the property of relative size or extent (whether large or small); "they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion"; "about the magnitude of a small pea"
|3.||order - established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"|
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
rule of law - a state of order in which events conform to the law
concordance, concord, harmony - a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
stability - a stable order (especially of society)
peace - the state prevailing during the absence of war
disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order
|4.||order - logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements; "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"|
bacteria order - an order of bacteria
word order - the order of words in a text
arrangement - an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; "a flower arrangement"
genetic code - the ordering of nucleotides in DNA molecules that carries the genetic information in living cells
genome - the ordering of genes in a haploid set of chromosomes of a particular organism; the full DNA sequence of an organism; "the human genome contains approximately three billion chemical base pairs"
series - similar things placed in order or happening one after another; "they were investigating a series of bank robberies"
|5.||order - a condition of regular or proper arrangement; "he put his desk in order"; "the machine is now in working order"|
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
spit and polish - careful attention to order and appearance (as in the military)
tidiness - the habit of being tidy
|6.||order - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"|
act, enactment - a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
consent decree - an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
curfew - an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
decree nisi - a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date
imperial decree - a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
judicial separation, legal separation - a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
programma - an edict that has been publicly posted
stay - a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted; "the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court"
papal bull, bull - a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
|7.||order - a commercial document used to request someone to supply something in return for payment and providing specifications and quantities; "IBM received an order for a hundred computers"|
bill-me order, credit order - an order that is received without payment; requires billing at a later date
indent - an order for goods to be exported or imported
market order - an order to a broker to sell or buy stocks or commodities at the prevailing market price
production order - an order that initiates the manufacturing process
reorder - a repeated order for the same merchandise; "he's the one who sends out all the new orders and reorders"
stop order, stop-loss order - an order to a broker to sell (buy) when the price of a security falls (rises) to a designated level
stop payment - a depositor's order to a bank to refuse payment on a check
mail order - a purchase negotiated by mail
|8.||order - a formal association of people with similar interests; "he joined a golf club"; "they formed a small lunch society"; "men from the fraternal order will staff the soup kitchen today"|
association - a formal organization of people or groups of people; "he joined the Modern Language Association"
bookclub - a club that people join in order to buy selected books at reduced prices
chapter - a local branch of some fraternity or association; "he joined the Atlanta chapter"
chess club - a club of people to play chess
country club - a suburban club for recreation and socializing
glee club - a club organized to sing together
golf club - a club of people to play golf
investors club - a club of small investors who buy and sell securities jointly
jockey club - a club to promote and regulate horse racing
racket club - club for players of racket sports
rowing club - a club for rowers
slate club - a group of people who save money in a common fund for a specific purpose (usually distributed at Christmas)
sorority - a social club for female undergraduates
turnverein - a club of tumblers or gymnasts
service club - a club of professional or business people organized for their coordination and active in public services
club member - someone who is a member of a club
|9.||order - a body of rules followed by an assembly|
interpellation - (parliament) a parliamentary procedure of demanding that a government official explain some act or policy
standing order - a rule of order permanently in force
point of order - a question as to whether the current proceedings are allowed by parliamentary procedure
previous question - a motion calling for an immediate vote on the main question under discussion by a deliberative assembly
|10.||Order - (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy; "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"|
acolyte - someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
anagnost - a cleric in the minor orders of the Eastern Orthodox Church who reads the lessons aloud in the liturgy (analogous to the lector in the Roman Catholic Church)
deacon - a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
ostiarius, ostiary, doorkeeper - the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church
exorcist - one of the minor orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
lector, reader - someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
subdeacon - a clergyman an order below deacon; one of the Holy Orders in the unreformed western Christian church and the eastern Catholic Churches but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church
|11.||order - a group of person living under a religious rule; "the order of Saint Benedict"|
Augustinian order - any of several monastic orders observing a rule derived from the writings of St. Augustine
Benedictine order, order of Saint Benedict - a Roman Catholic monastic order founded in the 6th century; noted for liturgical worship and for scholarly activities
Carmelite order, Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - a Roman Catholic mendicant order founded in the 12th century
Carthusian order - an austere contemplative Roman Catholic order founded by St. Bruno in 1084
Dominican order - a Roman Catholic order of mendicant preachers founded in the 13th century
Franciscan order - a Roman Catholic order founded by Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century
Jesuit order, Society of Jesus - a Roman Catholic order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1534 to defend Catholicism against the Reformation and to do missionary work among the heathen; it is strongly committed to education and scholarship
|12.||order - (biology) taxonomic group containing one or more families|
animal order - the order of animals
protoctist order - the order of protoctists
class - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders
suborder - (biology) taxonomic group that is a subdivision of an order
family - (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera; "sharks belong to the fish family"
plant order - the order of plants
fungus order - the order of fungi
|13.||order - a request for something to be made, supplied, or served; "I gave the waiter my order"; "the company's products were in such demand that they got more orders than their call center could handle"|
short order - an order for food that can be prepared quickly
|14.||order - (architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans|
Dorian order, Doric order - the oldest and simplest of the Greek orders and the only one that normally has no base
Corinthian order - the last Greek order; similar to the Ionic order except the capital is decorated with carvings of acanthus leaves
Composite order - a Roman order that combines the Corinthian acanthus leaves with the spiral scrolls of the Ionic order
Tuscan order - a Roman order that resembles the Doric order but without a fluted shaft
artistic style, idiom - the style of a particular artist or school or movement; "an imaginative orchestral idiom"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
|15.||order - the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement; "there were mistakes in the ordering of items on the list"|
organisation, organization - the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically; "his organization of the work force was very efficient"
rank order - an arrangement according to rank
layout - the act of laying out (as by making plans for something)
|Verb||1.||order - give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"|
direct - command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"
instruct - give instructions or directions for some task; "She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation"
request - ask (a person) to do something; "She asked him to be here at noon"; "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"
send for, call - order, request, or command to come; "She was called into the director's office"; "Call the police!"
warn - ask to go away; "The old man warned the children off his property"
|2.||order - make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"|
reorder - make a new request to be supplied with; "The store had to reorder the popular CD several times"
place - to arrange for; "place a phone call"; "place a bet"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
call - order or request or give a command for; "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"
wish - order politely; express a wish for
commission - place an order for
|3.||order - issue commands or orders for|
inflict, impose, bring down, visit - impose something unpleasant; "The principal visited his rage on the students"
mandate - make mandatory; "the new director of the school board mandated regular tests"
|4.||order - bring into conformity with rules or principles or usage; impose regulations; "We cannot regulate the way people dress"; "This town likes to regulate"|
standardize, standardise - cause to conform to standard or norm; "The weights and measures were standardized"
decide, make up one's mind, determine - reach, make, or come to a decision about something; "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
|5.||order - bring order to or into; "Order these files"|
clean up, neaten, square away, tidy, tidy up, straighten, straighten out - put (things or places) in order; "Tidy up your room!"
systematise, systematize, systemise, systemize - arrange according to a system or reduce to a system; "systematize our scientific knowledge"
collate - to assemble in proper sequence; "collate the papers"
arrange, set up - put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"
|6.||order - place in a certain order; "order the photos chronologically"|
|7.||order - appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church"|
|8.||order - arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"|
contemporise, contemporize, synchronise, synchronize - arrange or represent events so that they co-occur; "synchronize biblical events"
phrase - divide, combine, or mark into phrases; "phrase a musical passage"
|9.||order - assign a rank or rating to; "how would you rank these students?"; "The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide"|
superordinate - place in a superior order or rank; "These two notions are superordinated to a third"
shortlist - put someone or something on a short list
seed - distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
reorder - assign a new order to
subordinate - rank or order as less important or consider of less value; "Art is sometimes subordinated to Science in these schools"
sequence - arrange in a sequence
downgrade - rate lower; lower in value or esteem
upgrade - rate higher; raise in value or esteem
command forbid, ban, prohibit, debar, exclude
decree ban, disallow, proscribe, rule out, veto, outlaw, preclude, make illegal, interdict, criminalize
arrange confuse, disturb, disorder, scramble, mix up, muddle, mess up, jumble up, disarrange
organization mess, disorder, confusion, chaos, muddle, shambles, disarray, jumble, pandemonium
"A place for everything, and everything in its place"
"There's a time and a place for everything"
in order → en orden, por orden
what order should these documents be in? → ¿en qué orden deben estar estos documentos?
in alphabetical order → por or en orden alfabético
"cast in order of appearance" (Theat, Cine) → "por orden de aparición"
in chronological order → por orden cronológico
in order of merit → ordenado según el mérito
they are out of order → están mal ordenados
to get out of order → desarreglarse
put these in the right order → ponga estos por orden
in order of seniority → por orden de antigüedad
word order → orden m de las palabras
they are in the wrong order → están mal ordenados
a new political/social order → un nuevo orden político/social
she has no order in her life → lleva un régimen de vida muy desorganizado
the old order is changing → el viejo orden está cambiando
it is in the order of things → es ley de vida
a new world order → un nuevo orden mundial
in order (legally) → en regla; [room] → en orden, ordenado
his papers are in order → tiene los papeles en regla
everything is in order → todo está en regla
is this passport in order? → ¿este pasaporte está en regla?
to put a matter in order → arreglar un asunto
to put one's affairs in order → poner sus asuntos en orden
in good order → en buen estado, en buenas condiciones
a machine in working or running order → una máquina en buen estado
to be out of order [machine] → estar estropeado or (LAm) descompuesto
the line is out of order (Telec) → no hay línea, la línea no funciona
"out of order" → no funciona
the forces of order → las fuerzas del orden
to keep order → mantener el orden
she can't keep order → es incapaz de imponer la disciplina, no puede hacerse obedecer
to keep children in order → mantener a los niños en orden
orders are orders → las órdenes no se discuten
bankruptcy order → orden f de quiebra
by order of → por orden de
Order in Council (Brit) (Parl) → Orden f Real
order of the court → sentencia f del tribunal
deportation order → orden f de deportación
till further orders → hasta nueva orden
to give orders → dar órdenes
to give sb orders to do sth → ordenar or mandar a algn hacer algo
he gave the order for it to be done → ordenó que se hiciera
to obey orders → cumplir órdenes
on the orders of → a las órdenes de
to take orders from sb → recibir órdenes de algn
I don't take orders from anyone → a mí no me da órdenes nadie
that's an order! → ¡es una orden!
under orders → bajo órdenes
we are under orders not to allow it → tenemos orden de no permitirlo
to be under the orders of → estar bajo el mando de
to get one's marching orders → ser despedido
see also starter A1
order (order)! → ¡orden!
to call sb to order → llamar a algn al orden
to call the meeting to order → abrir la sesión
order of the day (Mil) → orden del día (fig) → moda f, estilo m del momento
strikes are the order of the day → las huelgas están a la orden del día
to be in order [action, request] → ser procedente
a beer would be in order → sería indicado tomarse una cerveza
it seems congratulations are in order! → ¡enhorabuena!
is it in order for me to go to Rome? → ¿(le) es inconveniente si voy a Roma?
it is not in order to discuss Ruritania → Ruritania está fuera de la cuestión
to be out of order (= unacceptable) [remark] → estar fuera de lugar; [person] → comportarse mal
to rule a matter out of order → decidir que un asunto no se puede discutir
a point of order → una cuestión de procedimiento
we have it on order for you → está pedido para usted
we will put it on order for you → se lo pediremos para usted al fabricante
to place an order for sth with sb → encargar or hacer un pedido de algo a algn
repeat order → pedido m de repetición
rush order → pedido m urgente
made to order → hecho a medida
we can't do things to order → no podemos proveer en seguida todo cuanto se nos pide
that's rather a tall order → eso es mucho pedir
an order of French fries → una ración de patatas fritas
in order that he may stay → para que pueda quedarse
Benedictine Order → Orden f de San Benito
the present crisis is of a different order → la crisis actual es de un orden distinto
talents of the first order → talentos mpl de primer orden
holy orders → órdenes fpl sagradas
to be in/take (holy) orders → ser/ordenarse sacerdote
the lower orders → las clases bajas or (LAm) populares
of the order of 500 → del orden de los quinientos
something in or of or > on the order of £3,000 (US) → unos 3.000, alrededor de 3.000
order of magnitude → magnitud f
to order sb to do sth → mandar or ordenar a algn hacer algo
to be ordered to pay costs → ser condenado en costas
he was ordered to be quiet → le ordenaron que se callara
he ordered that the army should advance → ordenó que el ejército avanzara, dio órdenes de que el ejército avanzara
the referee ordered the player off the field → el árbitro expulsó al jugador del campo
to order sb in/up → mandar entrar/subir a algn, hacer entrar/subir a algn
are you ordering me out of my own house? → ¿me estás echando de mi propia casa?
they are ordered by date/size → estan ordenados por fecha/tamaño
to order one's life properly → organizar bien su vida, vivir de acuerdo a cierto método
order department N (Comm) → sección f de pedidos
order form N (Comm) → hoja f de pedido
order number N (Comm) → número m de pedido
order paper N (Brit) (Parl etc) → orden m del día
see also garter
she was fed up with being ordered about → estaba harta de que le dieran órdenes
in order → en ordre
in alphabetical order → dans l'ordre alphabétique
in numerical order → par ordre numérique
in order of size → par ordre de taille
to put sth in order → mettre qch en ordre
to be out of order [pages, items] → être dans le désordre
a semblance of order → un semblant d'ordre
to restore order → restaurer l'ordre
to create order in sth → mettre de l'ordre dans qch
I felt marriage would create some order in our lives → Je pensais que le mariage mettrait un peu d'ordre dans nos vies.
to give an order → donner un ordre
to carry out an order → mettre un ordre à exécution
to take orders from sb → recevoir des ordres de qn
I'm not taking orders from you or anyone else! → Je n'ai pas d'ordre à recevoir de vous ou de qui que ce soit!
to be under orders to do sth → avoir ordre de faire qch
He was under orders to shoot the prisoner if he tried to escape → Il avait ordre de tirer sur le prisonnier s'il tentait de s'échapper.
Conservatism and caution are the order of the day → Le conservatisme et la prudence sont à l'ordre du jour.
to place an order for sth with sb → commander qch auprès de qn, passer commande de qch à qn
to be on order → être en commande
to have sth on order → avoir qch en commande
made to order → fait sur commande
to be out of order [parking meter, phone, lift, machine] → être hors service
He does it in order to earn money → Il le fait afin de gagner de l'argent.
in order not to do sth → afin de ne pas faire qch
in order for sth to happen → afin que qch se produise
in order for him to do sth, he has to ... → afin de faire qch, il doit ...
In order for him to win, he has to get at least nine votes → Afin de gagner, il doit obtenir au moins neuf voix.
in order that ... (followed by subject different from that of main clause) → afin que + subj ...
I am resigning in order that a line can be drawn under recent events → Je démissionne afin que l'on puisse tirer un trait sur les récents événements.; (followed by subject that is the same as that of main clause) → afin de
They are learning English in order that they can study a particular subject → Ils apprennent l'anglais afin de pouvoir étudier un sujet en particulier.
in the order of → de l'ordre de
Are you ready to order? → Vous avez choisi or fait votre choix?, Vous êtes prêt à commander?
She was fed up with being ordered about → Elle en avait marre qu'on lui donne des ordres.
to order a player off the pitch → ordonner à un joueur de quitter le terrain
to order sb out of a country → ordonner à qn de quitter le pays
refugees who have been ordered out of Britain → les réfugiés qui s'étaient vus ordonner de quitter la Grande-Bretagne
to order a child out of a class → ordonner à un enfant de sortir de la classe
The boy was ordered out of the art class → Le garçon s'était vu ordonner de sortir de la classe de dessin.
in alphabetical order → in ordine alfabetico
in order of merit → in ordine di merito
in order of size → in ordine di grandezza
put these in the right order → mettili nell'ordine giusto
to be in the wrong order or out of order → non essere in ordine
she had no order in her life → aveva una vita disordinata
in the order of things → nell'ordine delle cose
in order (room) → in ordine (documents) → in regola
a machine in working order → un macchinario funzionante
to be out of order (machine, toilets) → essere guasto/a (telephone, lift) → essere fuori servizio
to keep order → mantenere l'ordine
to keep children in order → tenere i bambini sotto controllo
by order of → per ordine di
on the orders of → agli ordini di
to be under orders to do sth → avere l'ordine di fare qc
to give sb orders to do sth → dare a qn l'ordine di fare qc
to take orders from sb → prendere ordini da qn
to obey orders → ubbidire agli ordini
order of the day → ordine del giorno
violence is the order of the day (fig) → la violenza è all'ordine del giorno
order (order)! (in Parliament) → ordine, signori!
order in court! → silenzio!
to call sb to order → richiamare qn all'ordine
a point of order → una questione di procedura
to be out of order → non (essere) regolamentare
is it in order for me to go to Rome? → mi è permesso andare a Roma?
to be on order → essere stato/a ordinato/a
to ask for a repeat order → chiedere che venga rinnovata un'ordinazione
rush order → ordinazione urgente
tall order (fig) (fam) → un'impresa ardua
made to order → fatto/a su ordinazione, fatto/a su misura
to place an order for sth with sb → fare un'ordinazione di qc a qn
to the order of (Banking) → all'ordine di
payment order (social security) → mandato (di pagamento)
in order that → perché + sub, affinché + sub
they cancelled their holiday in order to go to the wedding → hanno cancellato la vacanza per andare al matrimonio
in order there should be no misunderstanding → affinché non ci siano equivoci
his income is of the order of £40,000 per year → il suo reddito annuale è nell'ordine delle 40.000 sterline
to order sb to do sth → ordinare a qn di fare qc
the referee ordered the player off the field → l'arbitro espulse il giocatore dal campo