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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytidy up
he/she/ittidies up
present participletidying up
past tensetidied up
past participletidied up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] same as tidy2

    Could you help me tidy up?

  2. 2
    [transitive] to make small changes to something in order to make it better
  3. 3
    tidy yourself up to make yourself look better by washing your face, brushing your hair, etc.
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