Apple pie



pertaining to or embodying traditional American values:
apple-pie virtues; an apple-pie issue that no politician could vote against.
Contemporary Examples

As all-around marvelous as motherhood and apple pie; pretty much everyone is theoretically in favor.
How Product Labeling Killed Some Truly Righteous Weed and Might Even Raise Your Hospital Bill Megan McArdle May 7, 2013

A large and growing number of Republican voters consider the middle-class welfare state LBJ built to be as American as apple pie.
What’s Next for the ‘Party of No’ Reihan Salam December 20, 2009

As American as…yes, it may be a cliché, but the American-ness of apple pie cannot be denied.
What to Eat: The World Cup Cookstr.com June 15, 2010

apple pie is credited as the being the most American of all fruit desserts.
What to Eat Cookstr.com September 14, 2009

The point of this exercise is not mathematical, nor does it have anything to do with circles or slices of apple pie.
Is Sherlock Holmes a Good Detective? Noah Charney January 25, 2014

Historical Examples

They serve a good piece of apple pie, and we had that with our coffee.
The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman

I assured him that we did; but I had not the heart to tell him about the apple pie.
The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro

Mix, and bake in two crusts, the same as apple pie (see No. 629).
Better Meals for Less Money Mary Green

Not yet; you will want the cream to eat on your apple pie at dinner, and must not disturb it till then.
Little Men Louisa May Alcott

He had been fond of apple pie all his life, and it certainly seemed like an innocent enough addiction.
Short Stories of the New America Various

attested from 1580s, from apple + pie; noted by 1893 as a typical American dish. Apple-pie bed as a name for a childish prank is recorded from 1781; supposedly from the way of making apple turnovers, but some think it a folk etymology of French nappe pliée “folded sheet.”

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  • Apple-pie bed

    a bed that has been short-sheeted as a joke. Historical Examples Fortunately, however, I have a very good answer to this apple-pie bed charge. Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, October 6, 1920 Various apple-pie bed, a trick played at schools on new comers, or on any boy disliked by the rest. The Slang […]

  • Apple-pie order

    excellent or perfect order: Her desk is always in apple-pie order. Historical Examples It was a neat building, with everything in apple-pie order, and no danger of anything; rusting there for want of oil. Cape Cod Henry D. Thoreau My striker appears to have put everything in apple-pie order. Uncle Sam’s Boys as Lieutenants H. […]



  • Apple-polish

    to curry favor with someone, especially in an obsequious or flattering manner. to curry favor with (someone). verb To flatter and pamper in order to gain personal advantage; curry favor; brown-nose, SUCK UP TO someone: He started apple-polishing the captain as soon as he got on board

  • Apple polisher

    to curry favor with someone, especially in an obsequious or flattering manner. to curry favor with (someone). noun (informal) a sycophant; toady verb To flatter and pamper in order to gain personal advantage; curry favor; brown-nose, SUCK UP TO someone: He started apple-polishing the captain as soon as he got on board see: polish the […]



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