(often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent(noun)
WordNet. Princeton University. 2010.
Use "tidy sum" in a sentence
"If you've read my earlier memoirs you'll know all about it — and how by shirking, running, diving into cover, and shielding my quaking carcase behind better men, I had emerged after four campaigns with tremendous credit, a tidy sum in loot, and a chestful of tinware."