Definition of Bristol fashion in English:

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Bristol fashion


[predicative] British informal, dated
In good order; neat and clean: it gave him pleasure to keep things shipshape and Bristol fashion
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  • As well as making sure everything is shipshape and Bristol fashion, the crew will be involved in a great deal of entertaining.
  • She was keen to make things ship shape but, alas, things were never Bristol fashion.
  • Except for a few humidity-induced twinges, I'm feeling all ship-shape and Bristol fashion.


Mid 19th century: originally in nautical use, referring to the commercial prosperity brought to Bristol by its shipping.

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