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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHIP-SHAPE

It'll be my business to sort 'em, and put 'em ship-shape afterwards.

The boy liked to be ship-shape and he made manful attempts to let it alone.

When the parsonage is ship-shape I want you to come and see us.

That is the end of it, and everything is squared up and ship-shape.

Trim, ship-shape, all a taunto, as Captain Swosser used to say.

At least, that will render it more intelligible and ship-shape.

Everything was ship-shape in the camp-place amongst the brush.

Here everything was ship-shape, even to a modest degree, luxurious.

And now the cottage was ship-shape to the darkest corners of its closets.

The men were making all ship-shape in the boats while we girls strolled on ahead.

WORD ORIGIN

also ship-shape, "properly arranged," 1640s, originally "according to the fashion of a (sailing) ship," where neatness is a priority and the rigging must be serviceable and stowed properly; from ship (n.) + shape (n.).

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