shipshape

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Etymology[edit]

From ship +‎ shapen (shaped; wrought with a definite shape), later shortened to shape.[1] The word is of nautical origin, based on the obligation of a sailor to keep his or her quarters arranged neatly and securely due to the limited space typically allotted to service members aboard ship, and against turbulence at sea.

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shipshape (comparative more shipshape, superlative most shipshape)

  1. (originally nautical) Meticulously neat and tidy.
    Synonyms: shipshape and Bristol fashion, tight; see also Thesaurus:orderly
    Antonyms: see Thesaurus:disorderly

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shipshape (comparative more shipshape, superlative most shipshape)

  1. (originally nautical) Neatly and tidily to a meticulous extent.
    Synonym: handsomely

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