make the bed (up)

make the bed

To neatly arrange the bed coverings (including sheets, blankets, and pillows) into their original position from before the bed was slept in. Please make the bed before you come down for breakfast. It's good to get into the habit of making the bed in the morning—it's an easy accomplishment to start your day!
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make the bed (up)

1. To tidy or rearrange the bedclothes on one's bed after one has slept in it. Would it kill you to make the bed up in the morning? It only takes a couple minutes! I never feel like I've properly started the day until I've made the bed.
2. To prepare a bed for one to sleep in by fitting, arranging, or tidying the bedclothes on it. I made the bed in the spare room up, if you'd like to spend the night here. Be sure to make all of the beds up before our guests arrive tomorrow.
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make the bed (up)

 and make someone's bed (up)
to restore a bed to an unslept-in condition. I make my bed every morning. The maid goes to all the rooms to make the beds. Please make up all the beds early today.
See also: bed, make

make the bed

Rearrange a bed and its coverings to its condition before it was slept in. For example, Mom taught us all to make the bed before we got dressed. Also see make one's bed and lie in it.
See also: bed, make