Definition of shipshape in US English:



  • In good order; trim and neat.

    ‘he checked that everything was shipshape’
    • ‘I quickly and efficiently unpacked, making sure everything was shipshape, and all weapons were at hand - just like I was taught at the marine base.’
    • ‘And when it broke, he would work around the clock to mend it, so everything was shipshape for one's weekend diving.’
    • ‘Even though all the relevant bits and pieces are still shipshape and Bristol fashion, of course.’
    • ‘Since I've never been famous for a neat and tidy workspace, others were detailed to the task and by the big day all was as shipshape as could be.’
    • ‘We thought it would make an amazing base - although we've averaged 16 hours a day for several months since March to get the place shipshape.’
    • ‘As well as loading the boat and making sure everything is shipshape and Bristol fashion, the crew will be involved in corporate entertaining, though they will be careful not to overindulge.’
    • ‘As he tackled the task of making the tavern shipshape, Ben breathed another prayer, this time one of thanksgiving.’
    • ‘What impressed him were the tidiness and organization of their canoe, as if the men he met were like sailors on the HMS Fly, keeping it shipshape.’
    • ‘One of our top contenders was a former military guy who vowed to get us in shipshape.’
    • ‘This is only stop-gap funding, however, and it's a far cry from what the Coast Guard says it needs to operate in a shipshape manner.’
    • ‘The legend maintains that the Sargasso Sea derelicts are found shipshape but otherwise bereft of a living soul.’
    • ‘Still, keeping it shipshape is no easy job, and I can't stress it enough: I want you to act like professionals, hear?’
    • ‘For generations they were the hub of Yorkshire's fishing industry - where families worked together to mend nets, bait lines, and ensure everything was shipshape for harvesting the sea.’
    • ‘Having been certified to sail, all souls safely back on board, shipshape and Bristol fashioned, fed and foddered, the boat departed on the evening tide into a glorious sunset on Wednesday last.’
    • ‘Last night they were hit by torrential rain as they began to make the port shipshape for aid deliveries.’
    • ‘By early this week, the island began to look not only shipshape but also remarkably like Smithson's drawing.’
    • ‘The wreck for the first time becomes somewhat shipshape at this point, with deck fittings, derricks and winches clearly identifiable.’
    • ‘He wasn't exactly known as the most shipshape person.’
    • ‘He shuttles her to the tops of mountains for practice runs, keeps their 52-foot sailboat shipshape, and makes sure she doesn't completely lose touch with the world beyond dirt and chain lube.’
    • ‘House maintenance doesn't finish while you're selling houses, in fact it's even more necessary to keep everything shipshape and Bristol fashion when buyers may descend at any moment.’
    neat and tidy, orderly, well ordered, in order, in good order, well kept, spick and span, in apple-pie order, as neat as a new pin, immaculate, uncluttered, straight, trim, spruce
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