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shipshape and Bristol fashion

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A phrase meaning in good and seamanlike order with reference to the condition of a ship. The expression had its origin when Bristol was the major west coast port of Britain at a time when ...

shipshape and Bristol fashion

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
47 words

... and Bristol fashion , a phrase meaning in good and seamanlike order with reference to the condition of a ship. The expression had its origin when Bristol was the major west coast port of Britain at a time when all its shipping was maintained in good...

Bristol fashion, all shipshape and

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... fashion, all shipshape and in good order, neat and clean. Recorded from the mid 19th century, the term was originally in nautical use, referring to the commercial prosperity of the English port of Bristol , when its shipping was in good...

shipshape and Bristol fashion

shipshape and Bristol fashion  

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Overview Page
Subject:
History
A phrase meaning in good and seamanlike order with reference to the condition of a ship. The expression had its origin when Bristol was the major west coast port of Britain at a time when all its ...
Bristol fashion, all shipshape and

Bristol fashion, all shipshape and  

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In good order, neat and clean. Recorded from the mid 19th century, the term was originally in nautical use, referring to the commercial prosperity of the English port of Bristol, when its shipping ...
seamanship

seamanship  

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History
In its widest sense, is the whole art of taking a ship from one place to another at sea. It is an amalgam of all the arts of designing a ship and its motive power, whether sail, steam propulsion, or ...
shipshape

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
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Language reference
Length:
37 words

... shipshape shipshape and Bristol fashion with everything in good order. 🅘 Recorded from the mid 19th century, this term originally referred to the commercial prosperity of the port of Bristol and the good condition of its shipping. ...

Bristol

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... Bristol board A stiff drawing paper or fine cardboard, said to have been first made at Bristol. Bristol Boy, The Thomas Chatterton ( 1752–70 ), who was born at Bristol and there composed his rowley poems ( see under fakes ). Bristol Cream A fine rich brand of sherry . The name is a proprietary one of Harvey’s of Bristol. See also bristol milk . Bristol fashion See under shipshape . Bristol milk Sherry. The nickname arose in the 17th century when sherry sack was a major import at Bristol. See also jerez . Bristol Nails The name given to the...

Bristol

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
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...Bristol [OE] The city in southwest England, whose name means ‘assembly place by the bridge’, has been a leading port since the 12th century. Its history is the background to the phrase shipshape and Bristol fashion , or ‘in good order, neat and clean’. Something in a pleasing or well-ordered state would be described as Bristol fashion because sailors regarded Bristol as a model of prosperity and success. Its importance as a port for the wine trade has given us sherries such as Bristol Cream . One of the city’s two soccer teams, Bristol City, is the reason...

Ship

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...was properly rigged and equipped she was said to be ‘shipshape’. An extended version of the metaphor, ‘shipshape and Bristol fashion’, refers to the port of Bristol’s reputation for efficiency in the days of sail. Ships that pass in the night Chance acquaintances, encountered only once. The phrase is from Longfellow: Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence. Break ship,...

seamanship

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
280 words

...riding out storms , the skill to apply the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea , and the necessary experience and judgement to interpret navigation lights and distances at night, in fact the day-to-day work of running a ship at sea in a shipshape and Bristol fashion...

Bristol fashion

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
18 words
Bristol fashion

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
58 words
spick and span

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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
28 words
Bristol

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
61 words
Bristol

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
62 words
shipshape

shipshape adjective   Quick reference

Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
50 words
presentable

presentable adjective   Quick reference

Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
65 words
orderly

orderly adjective   Quick reference

Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
72 words
taut

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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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82 words
neat

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Oxford Paperback Thesaurus (4 ed.)

Reference type:
English Dictionary
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
123 words

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