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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tidy.


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  • "tidies" -- as if they lived in a long past age, or belonged to a lower race.

    The Man-Made World; or, Our Androcentric Culture Charlotte Perkins Gilman 1897

  • She did not see the little room with Beryl's eyes, its limited space into which so much had to be crowded, the cracked shade on the lamp, the dingy carpeting that held together through some kind miracle, she only thought it cosy and homey; she liked the queer old clock and the blue bowl filled with artificial jonquils and the crocheted "tidies" with dogs designed in intricate stitches.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott

  • Grandma liked to talk as much as grandpa liked to keep silent; and always, to the running accompaniment of her tongue, she kept her hands busied, whether "puttering about" in her house or flower-garden, or crocheting "tidies," or knitting little mittens, or creating the multi-coloured paper-flowers which helped make her house so alluring.

    Missy Dana Gatlin

  • The heavier pieces of old furniture had gay "tidies" or "throws" upon them to relieve the sombreness of the dark wood.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Or, Alone in a Great City Amy Bell Marlowe

  • A good housekeeper "tidies" her rooms as she goes along, always picking up anything that is out of place and putting it where it belongs.

    Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts Girl Scouts of the United States of America 1918

  • This effect was produced by richly framed department-store chromo lithographs on the walls, aided by lurid cushion-covers, or "tidies" representing Indian maidens or chieftains in full war paint, or clusters of poppies of great boldness of hue.

    T. Tembarom 1913

  • Horse-hair furniture in all the glory of endless "tidies" was arranged against walls bedight with a rainbow-like wilderness of morning-glories.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele MacKaye 1897

  • He makes himself a peanut butter and banana sandwich and tidies the kitchen; eats on his way upstairs.

    Water Ames John Gigounas 2011

  • Suddenly the spam tidies itself up, since many junk “senders” are identical.

    From The Tips Box: Hanging Clothes, Note Paper, Bathroom Storage | Lifehacker Australia 2010

  • The adult world shrouds the loss in silence, tidies the issue of death away along with the things that her mother left behind.

    BookBrowse Previews April Books 2009


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