bristol fashion

n. (functioning as predic.adj.) (in full shipshape and Bristol fashion) orig. Naut. with all in good order.

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adjective
Usage: usually capitalized B
: in good order : shipshape

spick-and-span, shipshape and Bristol fashion — Jack Lusby

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in good order; trim: shipshape and Bristol fashion.
[1830-40; after BRISTOL, England]

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Bristol fashion adverb
In good order, esp in the phrase shipshape and Bristol fashion
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Main Entry:Bristol

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Bristol fashion,
British. in good order: »

After spring cleaning, all was shipshape and Bristol fashion.

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ˈBristol fashion 7 adjective (old-fashioned) not before noun (BrE, informal)
in good order or neat and clean

all shipshape and Bristol fashion

 
Word Origin:
[Bristol fashion] mid 19th cent.: originally in nautical use, referring to the commercial prosperity brought to Bristol by its shipping.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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