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cap-a-pie (adj.)

"all over" (in reference to dress or armor), 1520s, from French cap-à-pie, literally "head to foot." The more usual French form is de pied en cap. The French words are from Latin caput "head" (from PIE root *kaput- "head") + pedem "foot" (from PIE root *ped- "foot").

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of cap-a-pie from WordNet

cap-a-pie (adv.)
at all points from head to foot;
he was armed cap-a-pie
Synonyms: from head to toe
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