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(1) The room is a mess, please do it up at no time.

Which the following one is correct ?

Do up= make it clean
Do up= make it clean and tidy
Do up= make it tidy

Could anybody help me with it?

Many thanks in advance.
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(1) The room is a mess. Please do it up at once!

All of the below are correct:

Do up= clean it

Do up= clean and tidy it

Do up= tidy it
Hi Vincent,

The expression 'do it up' is not correct here. Say 'tidy it up' (or 'clean it up').

Clive
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Not Vincent, Clive. And 'do up' = 'clean/tidy' I think is used by chambermaids and other hotel staff.
Hi Vctory,

Sorry for calling you Vincent.Emotion: smile

(1) The room is a mess, please do it up at no time.

'At no time' does not fit here. If you mean 'very quickly', the expression is 'in no time'.

It's not normally used with instructions. It usually appears after something has been done,

eg he tidied up the room in no time.

The cat suggests to me that it is not a hotel room.

Clive
Hi Clive,

And it dawns on me that I was thinking of 'make up' not 'do up': to put in order; arrange: The maid will make up the room.

Sorry. 'Do up', as Clive said, is the wrong verb here, Victory.

do up, Informal.
a.to wrap and tie up.
b.to pin up or arrange (the hair).
c.to renovate; launder; clean.
d.to wear out; tire.
e.to fasten: Do up your coat.
f.to dress: The children were all done up in funny costumes.

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Could I say,
My mother is doing our clothes/laundries up.
Many thanks in advance.
Hi Victory
Vctory OngMy mother is doing our clothes/laundries up.
No, "do up" is not correct here (at least not to my ear). I would suggest these:

- My mother is doing our laundry.
- My mother is washing our clothes.

To be honest, however, in your picture it looks more like your mother might be doing the dishes (or doing the washing up) than doing the laundry.
Boy, this is a confused thread! Isn't she scrubbing clothes on a washboard in a washtub, Yank?

PS: Yes, as with Yankee, 'do the laundry', not 'do up the laundry' sounds like the usual to me, in spite of the dictionary definition.
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