apple-pie order

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(Can this(+) etymology be sourced?) Unknown. First recorded in 1780 in the sea journal of an Englishman. There are two mainstream theories as to its origin, although there is no evidence for either:

The proposed nappe pliée fits more closely with the date of first attestation.


apple-pie order

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


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