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See also: capapie


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From Old French (de) cap a pié (Modern French de pied en cap).


cap-a-pie (not comparable)

  1. From head to toe.
    • 1661–67, 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.
    • 1808–10, William Hickey, Memoirs of a Georgian Rake, Folio Society 1995, p. 129:
      I sallied forth cap-à-pie in my Madras regimentals, intending to accompany Brent to Westminster Abbey, and to take a coach at the first stand we came to.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers:
      Miss Thorne when fully dressed might be said to have been armed cap-a-pie, and she was always fully dressed, as far as was ever known to mortal man.


Under the sense armoured from head to foot, see under cap-apée