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    Default done up to the last button ;)

    We have an idiom in Poland conveying the idea of everything being perfectly prepared, shipshape, spick and span like before some event. In literal translation it is " all is done up to the last button" is there a similiar English idiom?

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    Default Re: done up to the last button ;)

    All neat and Bristol fashion

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    Default Re: done up to the last button ;)

    When describing someone's appearance. you can also use" There's not a hair out of place"

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    Default Re: done up to the last button ;)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    All neat and Bristol fashion
    I've heard (and use) All ship-shape and Bristol fashion' (which accounts for the reference to a port). There's a related idiom, which means 'make space to work freely': 'Clear the decks'.

    There's also an (American?) business term: 'to get all your ducks in a row'. And if arrangements are complete 'all the Is are dotted and all the Ts crossed.'

    b

    PS Incidentally, magdalena, to refer to someone's coat being fully buttoned up (literally - I'm talking about a real coat we'd say something like 'buttoned up right to the top/collar' - that is, we talk about the result rather than to the buttons individually.

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