Shipshape and Bristol fashion

What does "Shipshape and Bristol fashion" mean?

Today it means: Nice and tidy, everything where it should be.

Today, the meaning of "shipshape and Bristol fashion" just means nice and tidy but it's really a mix of two sayings. Shipshape is the nice and tidy bit and Bristol fashion refers to the quality of a build. In Bristol, all things nautical were of good quality and ships were maintained to the highest standards and have a reputation for excellence.


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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