One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative In good order; neat and clean.‘it gave him pleasure to keep things shipshape and Bristol fashion’
- ‘As well as making sure everything is shipshape and Bristol fashion, the crew will be involved in a great deal of entertaining.’
- ‘She was keen to make things ship shape but, alas, things were never Bristol fashion.’
- ‘Except for a few humidity-induced twinges, I'm feeling all ship-shape and Bristol fashion.’
Mid 19th century: originally in nautical use, referring to the commercial prosperity brought to Bristol by its shipping.
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