apple-pie order


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apple-pie order

n
informal perfect order or condition

ap′ple-pie` or′der


n.
a state of ideal orderliness.
[1770–80]
References in classic literature ?
He kept his ship in apple-pie order, which would have been seamanlike enough but for a finicking touch in its details.
That being the case, since there is dissonance in the minority party and the majority of its membership is in dalliance with and had nominated Elumelu, Gbaja was in apple-pie order to have accepted, recognized and announced him and others in the faction's letter.
During the course of production nuts would be spilt and swept up as the place was kept in apple-pie order and these could not be used.
Down - 2 Ready-made; 3 Sue; 4 Pupating; 5 Radio; 6 Octopus; 7 Epoch; 8 Blue in the face; 9 Accordance; 12 Apple-pie order; 14 Enclose; 18 Ensnare; 19 Saleswoman; 22 Archangel; 23 Midnight; 25 Artiste; 28 Usual; 29 Orion; 32 Rev.
Indeed, the most famous image in the story, the spectre's crumpled face of linen, not only breathes new life into the threadbare image of the sheeted ghost, it bundles together what most critics have seen as the twin concerns of the story: sex (35) and the shattering of Parkins's rigid sense of "apple-pie order." (36) The latter curious phrase arrives upon our first glimpse of the very sheets that later rise and become "twisted together in a most tortuous confusion":
After sharing third spot with Monty last time out, the Surrey prospect has his game in apple-pie order and the recent exploits of his Walker Cup pal Donald - they were so dynamic in brushing aside all American opposition it would be a surprise if Langer has not written them down as a must pairing - will act as a tremendous kick up the backside this week.