a place for everything, and everything in its place

1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 379 All things have their place, knew wee how to place them.

1842 MARRYAT Masterman Ready II. i. In a well-conducted man-of-war..every thing in its place, and there is a place for every thing.

1855 T. C. HALIBURTON Nature & Human Nature I. vi. There was a place for everything, and everything was in its place.

1928 D. L. SAYERS Lord Peter views Body x. ‘I thought you were rather partial to anatomical specimens.’ ‘So I am, but not on the breakfast-table. “A place for everything and everything in its place,” as my grandmother used to say.’

2002 A. VANNEMAN Sherlock Holmes and Giant Rat of Sumatra ix. 80 The sailor’s apothegm—‘a place for everything, and everything in its place’—guided us, until at length everything was stowed away.


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