tidy up after (someone)

Definition of tidy up after (someone)

:to clean up someone else's messes
  • I'm tired of always tidying up after you.

Word by Word Definitions

tidy play
  1. : neat and orderly in appearance or habits : well ordered and cared for

  2. : methodical, precise

  3. : large, substantial

  1. : to put in order

  2. : to make things tidy

  1. : a usually compartmentalized receptacle for various small objects

  2. : a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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