make the bed

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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!
See also: bed, make

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
References in classic literature ?
She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might, so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes.
The maids thereon went out with torches in their hands, and when they had made the bed they came up to Ulysses and said, "Rise, sir stranger, and come with us for your bed is ready," and glad indeed was he to go to his rest.
O, she's better," said Ruth; "I was in, this morning; made the bed, tidied up the house.
Nutty having the air of one who is still engaged in picking up the pieces, she had not the heart to ask him to play his customary part in the household duties, so she washed the dishes and made the beds herself.
Midwinter Mood I FOUND it hard to rise that day The wind was howling, skies were grey And so I had a little moan I do hate winter and being alone I did the chores with little grace And working at a snail's pace I swept and dusted, made the bed "Oh lord I do feel tired" I said For a change of scene I went outside The garden was a mess And then my heart began to sing I noticed signs of early spring The wind died down to a gentle breeze And tugged my hair as if to tease "Count your blessings" it seemed to say And gathering strength it roared away, No longer feeling full of woe Ashamed that I had lost my mettle I brought the milk and filled the kettle I really must not grouse I have my warm and cosy house Life could be so much worse I made some tea Then wrote this verse.
My husband has made the bed a couple of times when I had gone away, and the bed is pretty good.
When I made the bed today, I actually had to get in it and pull the duvet over me and push it back to make it feel real and look real.
The invasion of flexible technology has made the bed the most popular place to take a conference call, while those caught short have even taken calls while in the toilet.
Not only is it relentless, it is also a thankless task, especially when you've done three loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen surface a gazillion times, made the beds, and had your partner say, 'Glad you're having a day off'.