He constructs, but plays at destruction; Friedman destroys but presents it as tidying up.
As I was tidying up the draft and compiling all my blocked plotlines for her, something unexpected happened.
One day when, in view of her departure, she was tidying a drawer, something pricked her finger.
Look at him now, taking off the pinafores of those children and tidying them.
It was a perfectly practical and useful dress, admirably suited for housekeeping or tidying up a room.
Dinner is just over, and Emma is folding up the cloth, and tidying up.
They competed for the task of keeping his desk in order, and of dusting and tidying up the schoolroom.
Your mother found it in her desk when she was tidying the papers.
Meanwhile the other female pilgrims were tidying themselves.
Then Mrs. Fletcher turned her attention to the tidying of the house.
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.
"to make neat, set in order," 1821, from tidy (adj.). Related: Tidied; tidying.