At midday Lasse had tidied himself a trifle and began to brush his hat.
He had tidied for the evening, but had come back with a message for Miss Charlotte.
The Second was quite disturbed over the indefatigable way 'that new mess-man' tidied up his room.
He had groomed his horse, and tidied his house, and bathed, and breakfasted.
He tidied the small room and sent in another report of the headlong rush of the fire and the direction of the wind that fanned it.
She has put on a clean blouse and tidied her hair so that he'll kiss her, and he does.
When they reached the city, Ralph tidied up and went to see the president of the road.
And soon after that, it was time to be tidied up to go down to the drawing-room to mamma.
So she washed her face in haste, tidied her hair and collar, and hoped that she looked as if she had gone up for nothing else.
Now sleep, my darling;—and when I've just tidied your things for the morning, I will be with you.
mid-13c., probably originally "in season, timely, opportune, excellent," from tide in the sense of "season, time" (see tide). Cf. Old High German zitig, German zeitig, Dutch tijdig, Danish tidig "timely." Meaning "neat and in order" first recorded 1706.
"to make neat, set in order," 1821, from tidy (adj.). Related: Tidied; tidying.