(to be) shipshape

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - shipshape

"(to be) shipshape"

to be neat and orderly


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - shipshape

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  We have a government inspector coming for an inspection today. Let's make sure the factory is shipshape.

Colleague 2:  What do we need to do?

Colleague 1:  Make sure everything is neat and tidy and that there is no garbage on the floor. Ensure that all materials are stored where they should be. And be sure that all the employees are wearing their safety gear.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - shipshape

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You're looking really good. You've had a fresh haircut and is that a new suit?

Friend 2:  Yes it is. I thought I should get myself looking shipshape. I have got a job interview later today.

Friend 1:  Well, you are looking good. The interviewer should be impressed.

Friend 2:  Thanks.

(to be) shipshape - Usage:


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(to be) shipshape - Gerund Form:

Being shipshape, the car was ready for sale.

(to be) shipshape - Examples:

1)  ... it seems as though the company is still not shipshape. Aurizon reported an 88% drop in full year net profit to ...

2)  They like things all neat and shipshape in Flotilla Place, Whitby, especially when property values are at stake.

3)  ... we checked all our policies and experiences to ensure they were shipshape, and can give customers the confidence we're doing the best by them.

4)  ... volunteers are also at full stretch getting the resort looking shipshape for the National Armed Forces event next weekend.

5)  ... dress appointments, make-up and hair trials have been as she struggles to get everything shipshape.

6)  Nobody needs reminding that a shipshape election commission is central to an undisputed election result.

7)  The council spokesperson said work is already underway to get the city looking shipshape in time for the Mayflower celebrations.

8)  ... is getting shipshape for its first ever St. Patrick's Day parade.

9)  Firefighters have to hold drills, stay fit, and make sure equipment is shipshape.

10)  ... decision not to pack the museum's interiors into a more compact, shipshape arrangement ...

11)  The stations, with their shipshape signal boxes and delicate footbridges, are well removed from the rush of modern life.

12)  So if you're seriously committed to getting your finances shipshape in 2015, it's important to consider how well protected you and your family ...

13)  He made sure things were shipshape at the paper.

14)  But if you know precisely what must be done to get your department shipshape before the end of the year, you'll be better prepared to start ...

15)  For this pragmatic head leaves the prestigious school in shipshape form, having nurtured it through a period of significant transformation, ...

16)  A community working bee would soon have them shipshape.

17)  A Gurkha couple, nanny and gardener keep everything shipshape.

18)  ... is getting his property shipshape ahead of a small commemoration event planned to mark ...

19)  ... was in chaos when he arrived be sustained. Far from it: things were shipshape.

20)  Your financial planner should take an interest in ensuring your will is shipshape.