Shipshape
Shipshape Ship"shape`, a. Arranged in a manner befitting a ship; hence, trim; tidy; orderly. [1913 Webster]

Even then she expressed her scorn for the lubbery executioner's mode of tying a knot, and did it herself in a shipshape orthodox manner. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

Keep everything shipshape, for I must go --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


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  • Shipshape — Ship shape , adv. In a shipshape or seamanlike manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shipshape — (also shipshape and Bristol fashion) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ orderly and neat. ORIGIN Bristol fashion refers to the commercial prosperity of Bristol when its shipping trade was thriving …   English terms dictionary

  • shipshape — *neat, tidy, trim, trig, snug, spick and span …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shipshape — [adj] tidy businesslike, chipper, clean, in good shape, in tip top condition, neat, ordered, orderly, spick and span*, trim, uncluttered, well groomed, well kept; concepts 485,585,621 …   New thesaurus

  • shipshape — [ship′shāp΄] adj. having everything neatly in place, as on board ship; trim adv. in a neat and orderly manner …   English World dictionary

  • shipshape — ship|shape [ˈʃıpʃeıp] adj [not before noun] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: shipshapen made appropriate for a ship (1600 1700), from shapen, old past participle of shape] neat and clean ▪ Let s get this house shipshape. shipshape and Bristol fashion… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shipshape — [[t]ʃɪ̱pʃeɪp[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ If something is shipshape, it looks tidy, neat, and in good condition. The house only needs an occasional coat of paint to keep it shipshape …   English dictionary

  • shipshape — /ˈʃɪpʃeɪp / (say shipshayp) adjective 1. in good order; well arranged; neat; tidy. –adverb 2. in a shipshape manner. –phrase 3. (all) shipshape and Bristol fashion, Colloquial extremely tidy. {Phrase Origin: from the reputation for efficiency… …   Australian English dictionary

  • shipshape — {adj.} In perfect condition; in good order. * /After we left the islands, we left the rented car shipshape for the next driver./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • shipshape — {adj.} In perfect condition; in good order. * /After we left the islands, we left the rented car shipshape for the next driver./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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