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- n. a dish used by woman in the past to store the hair that fell while combing, and use it later for a bun, etc.
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Some say he was fishing for _bolawallas_  and she came graciously up and asked him the time; others aver that he was passing beneath her lattice and she dropped a fluted hair-tidy at his feet.
She poked among it but found nothing except a hair-tidy with a heart painted on it that had belonged to the servant girl.
a pincushion cover, and Bertha painted her a hair-tidy.