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Apple-pie order


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apple-pie order perfect order or arrangement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Apple-pie order complete order
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Apple pie order - Everything is in perfect order and tidy if it is in apple pie order.
In apple-pie order - If something is in apple-pie order, it is very neat and organised.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. æppel; cf. Ger. apfel, Ice. epli, Ir. abhal, W. afal.


In literature:

Here, take the helm, while I and Tom put the craft a little into apple-pie order.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Mary Louise unpacked Gran'pa Jim's trunk first and put his room in "apple-pie order," as Aunt Polly admiringly asserted.
"Mary Louise in the Country" by L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
What if we aren't in apple-pie order?
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Survivors bless the rod, an' fix up everythin' round the house in apple-pie order.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
Everything seems to be in apple pie order and all ready for use.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
You shall come another time, when we're all decorated and in apple-pie order.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The master is certain to be back by the late afternoon train, and this room has got to be put into apple-pie order before he returns.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Grandma's pantry was a beautiful place, shelves and walls and floor a snowy white, and boxes and jars in apple-pie order.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
My striker appears to have put everything in apple-pie order.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
Everything was running in apple pie order, but not a soul in torment.
"The Book of Gud" by Dan Spain
It won't take me long, thanks to the apple-pie order in which I keep them all.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
You and Plum are going to clean up the muss and put this room in apple-pie order.
"Dave Porter in the South Seas" by Edward Stratemeyer
The young people had put things in apple-pie order as far as they had gone.
"The Enchanted Barn" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
The equipment was checked and verified, and everything put in apple-pie order.
"Average Americans" by Theodore Roosevelt
The cottage was always in apple-pie order, as Madame Misel was certainly an excellent housekeeper.
"Molly Brown's College Friends" by Nell Speed
They cleaned up the dust heap, set the rows of chairs in apple pie order and joined the others in the living rooms.
"The Motion Picture Chums at Seaside Park" by Victor Appleton
The cottage seemed cozy and pleasant, and the girls kept it in apple-pie order.
"Dandelion Cottage" by Carroll Watson Rankin
Everything was in apple-pie order and ready for inspection.
"Amusement Only" by Richard Marsh
The beloved home had been put in apple pie order and handed over to the poor, rich fugitives from the war zone.
"The Carter Girls" by Nell Speed
This being Saturday we have everything in apple-pie order.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne

In poetry:

Haply I order apple pie,
But NOT your counsel or advice;
You rub your hands and tell me: "Why,
The mince is very nice."
"Christmas Cards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Look up there at our new house!--ain't it a thing to see?
Tall and big and handsome, and new as new can be;
All in apple-pie order, especially the shelves,
And never a debt to say but what we own it all ourselves.
"Out Of The Old House, Nancy" by William McKendree Carleton