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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: shipshapen 'made appropriate for a ship' (1600-1700), from shapen, old past participle of shape

shipshape

adjective
     
ship‧shape [not before noun]
neat and clean:
Let's get this house shipshape.
shipshape and Bristol fashion British English (=shipshape)

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