You know that he must have been a tormented genius, or one for whom everything clicked as tidily as a safety pin.
The swarthy, slender, tidily groomed ex-AT&T salesman from Oklahoma appeared calm as the verdicts were read.
"There's plenty for you to do," said Beatrice, fishing out the satchel and putting it tidily away on Gwen's special shelf.
She rose from her seat, and put them all tidily away on a side-table.
Yet she appeared hale and strong for her age, and though poorly, was yet tidily attired.
A few ravelling threads of this our desultory tale have yet to be gathered up, as tidily as may be.
Hen, it's up to you to wash all the dishes, and to do it tidily, too.
She is tidily and even, for a woman of her age, tastefully dressed, but still with a sober decency that showed her good sense.
He learnt to plait the foliage of faded crocuses, and pin them tidily to the ground with little wooden forks.
She was then entreated to dress herself as tidily as possible, but she would only go her own way.
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.