shipshape and Bristol fashion

   If things are shipshape and Bristol fashion, they are in perfect working order.
  (Dorking School Dictionary)

English Idioms & idiomatic expressions. 2014.

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  • bristol fashion — n. (functioning as predic.adj.) (in full shipshape and Bristol fashion) orig. Naut. with all in good order. * * * adjective Usage: usually capitalized B : in good order : shipshape spick and span, shipshape and Bristol fashion Jack Lusby * * * in …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bristol fashion — in good order; trim: shipshape and Bristol fashion. [1830 40; after BRISTOL, England] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bristol fashion — /ˈbrɪstl fæʃən/ (say bristl fashuhn) adjective all in order; shipshape; with perfect efficiency and neatness …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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

  • Bristol Harbour — is the harbour in the city of Bristol, England. The harbour covers an area of convert|70|acre|ha|1|abbr=off|lk=on. It has existed since the 13th century but was developed into its current form in the early 19th century by installing lock gates on …   Wikipedia

  • 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

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