Oh, very well,” he said: “let her come in, by all means; but just wait a minute till I tidy up the place.
It was Madame Raquin who had to arrange the rooms and tidy up the shop.
And then a number of brisk young men began with remarkable alacrity to tidy up the goods that remained disturbed.
As well might Hercules have attempted to tidy up the Augean stables with a squirt.
A kick from Tommy sent them into a corner where Mrs. Harris found them the next morning when she came to tidy up.
Simcox says the thing he chiefly wanted to do was to tidy up.
“You can wash up and tidy up, Porter,” he said to his friend.
He designates a trooper in turn to clean and tidy up the room.
But poor Autumn could only tidy up Summer's old dress, which she did as well as she could, and then came out after the others.
tidy up your little home and make it as neat and cheerful as possible.
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.