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- (historical) A dish used by women in the past to store the hair that fell while combing, and use it later for a bun, etc.
- 1918 : The fireplace was choked up with rubbish. She poked among it but found nothing except a hair-tidy with a heart painted on it that belonged to the servant girl. - Katherine Mansfield, Prelude (Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics paperback 2002, 81)