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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Apple-pie Order.
 
Prim and precise order.   1
   The origin of this phrase is still doubtful. Some suggest cap-à-pie, like a knight in complete armour. Some tell us that apples made into a pie are quartered and methodically arranged when the cores have been taken out. Perhaps the suggestion made above of nap-pe-pli (French, nappes pliées, folded linen, neat as folded linen, Latin, plico, to fold) is nearer the mark.   2
        It has also been suggested that “Apple-pie order” may be a corruption of alpha, beta, meaning as orderly as the letters of the alphabet.
        “Everything being in apple-pie order, … Dr. Johnson … proposed that we should accompany him … to M’Tassa’s kraal.”—Adventures in Mashonaland, p. 294 (1893).
 


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