tidy up

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tidy up (third-person singular simple present tidies up, present participle tidying up, simple past and past participle tidied up)

  1. To make clean. In particular to make satisfactorily neat. Usually used to describe the straightening-out of a small room or small space.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 7:
      When the long, hot journey drew to its end and the train slowed down for the last time, there was a stir in Jessamy’s carriage. People began to shake crumbs from their laps and tidy themselves up a little.