apple-pie order

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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:

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

Noun[edit]

apple-pie order

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

References[edit]

  • Partridge, Dictionary of Slang, 7th Ed.
  • "Apple-pie order" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.