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Tidy up   /tˈaɪdi əp/   Listen
Tidy up

Put (things or places) in order.  Synonyms: clean up, neaten, square away, straighten, straighten out, tidy.

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"Tidy up" Quotes from Famous Books

... brush itself up, cleanse its streets, tidy up its shops, sanitate its surroundings, and offer decent accommodation to tourists. The latter does exist, but is scarce and hard to find. The people of Cork, Limerick, and Galway blame England and English rule for the poverty which is their own fault alone. They hate the Northerners ...
— Ireland as It Is - And as It Would be Under Home Rule • Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

... Getting so that it's a favour to be allowed to go into his room to tidy up, and him watching you and following you about with his eyes, and glaring at you all ...
— Witness to the Deed • George Manville Fenn

... she. "It couldn't be nobody else. And Him that could make th' roses and lilies mun be good to look at. 'Tisn't always so now: but I reckon they've things tidy up yon. They'll fit like, ye ken. But, Mistress Joyce, do ye tell me, will us be any ...
— Joyce Morrell's Harvest - The Annals of Selwick Hall • Emily Sarah Holt

... the enclosure were in the Earl's own coffer, and the trees being too old for valuable fruit, the gardeners never went there, except once a year after the falling of the leaves, "to tidy up a bit, because one never knows what may happen," as old Steven the head gardener said. Even then the Earl came, and, sitting on a chair, surveyed their labours jealously, before locking up after them and going in to put away the key in its place for ...
— Patsy • S. R. Crockett

... but I might learn it. But I didn't mean that. I thought you'd have a cook, and you'd take me for a table girl, you know; and to tidy up after you." ...
— Patty at Home • Carolyn Wells

... up at five and do all the work of our house, cook breakfast, and clean up before I come to the shop. I eat dinner here. When I go home at night I get supper and tidy up!" ...
— The Woman Who Toils - Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls • Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst

... such a process for years, and immediate suffocation, with intolerable confusion of papers, must have been the result. "If you want to go and see your aunt, my girl, go, in heaven's name. I can spare you as long as you like. But you mustn't tidy up here. No; that would never do. And, Dorothea, if you should hear anything, come and tell me that instant. Never mind the expense. I'd give a great deal to know he was safe. Ah, I'd give all I have in the world to ...
— M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur." • G.J. Whyte-Melville

... sailor henceforth has me for his captain, and he has to "tidy up" my yacht, he may be sure of having a very considerate if not indulgent master—"Governor," of course, I mean, for there are no "masters" any longer now, they are all promoted to ...
— The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy" • John MacGregor

Words linked to "Tidy up" :   clean, make up, order, straighten out, clean house, houseclean, make

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