cap-a-pie

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French cap a pie (modern French de pied en cap), from Latin caput (head) + pes (foot).

Adjective[edit]

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.