Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TIDY UP

It was Madame Raquin who had to arrange the rooms and tidy up the shop.

As well might Hercules have attempted to tidy up the Augean stables with a squirt.

Simcox says the thing he chiefly wanted to do was to tidy up.

And take a tool or two, sir; and go early and tidy up the garden a bit.

“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.

In the evening, at eight o'clock, you will tidy up his bureau, and at ten you will be free.

Tidy up your little home and make it as neat and cheerful as possible.

It was Jane's afternoon out, and there was a good deal to tidy up.

Why, did anyone go into her place to get her meals and tidy up, etc?

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TIDY UP

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.