Main definitions of do in English

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verb

  • 1with object Perform (an action, the precise nature of which is often unspecified)

    ‘something must be done about the city's traffic’
    ‘she knew what she was doing’
    ‘what can I do for you?’
    ‘Brian was looking at the girl, and had been doing so for most of the hearing’
    • ‘They replace trust and discussion and flexibility with things that must be done.’
    • ‘There was nothing he could do anyway at the moment.’
    • ‘Something must be done to put a stop to the all too frequent bouts of trouble which occur at the nightclub.’
    • ‘But she was also the kid who never did anything exceptionally right.’
    • ‘But Jeremy feels more must be done to find permanent homes for the homeless community.’
    • ‘Are there things you are doing which could be handed over to someone else?’
    • ‘And it's me doing the reading, which makes me feel like I must have done something right.’
    • ‘More must be done to prevent moorland in the North West being destroyed by fire, according to a new report.’
    • ‘Something must be done to halt the alarming decline in television audiences on whom it depends for its lifeblood.’
    • ‘When the riot squad did move, it was so fast and so precise nothing could be done.’
    • ‘Sometimes it seems that there is just not enough time to do everything that must be done.’
    • ‘Of course he is, this kid went to Yale, the reward for kids who do everything right.’
    • ‘Or is it that the insurance companies are ripping us off - something must be done about this.’
    • ‘If Amy wasn't with us we'd have probably done something but she was our excuse for not doing so.’
    • ‘I do accept that it cannot be done overnight, but I do think it must be done.’
    • ‘Ms Doyle said everything must be done to ensure that this disease does not occur again.’
    • ‘After doing so much for this wonderful city, why did you have to suddenly go away?’
    • ‘She told him more must be done and he admitted there was a problem.’
    • ‘I really didn't know what I was doing.’
    • ‘In this, your time of crisis, what can we Americans do to help?’
    carry out, undertake, discharge, execute, perpetrate, perform, accomplish, implement, achieve, complete, finish, conclude
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    1. 1.1 Perform (a particular task)
      ‘Dad always did the washing up on Sundays’
      • ‘Also I've been doing some re-writes to bring the show up to date, so that complicated the issue further.’
      • ‘Also, no matter how much I dislike doing the garden work, it is quite satisfying to see the end results.’
      • ‘We keep in touch with what our customers want by doing two shifts on the shop floor every week and I am the manager for that time.’
      • ‘I spent this afternoon doing Christmas Shopping.’
      • ‘His mother had been a miserly woman and had not done a single charitable deed in her lifetime.’
      • ‘This means they've usually done all the hoovering before you get round to wanting to do it.’
      • ‘She says that more and more, charities end up doing the tasks the state is supposed to look after.’
      • ‘In the past few weeks he has done tasks around the home, such as turning lights on and off and unloading the washing machine.’
      • ‘The man is extremely capable and cooks, cleans and does all his own washing and ironing.’
      • ‘Will Vivian make me do evil, horrible chores?’
      • ‘When doing a manual task you really cannot avoid, use a tool with a smaller grip.’
      • ‘This helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a habit for doing these tasks.’
      • ‘After each task, the teams swapped over their mode of transport and did the tasks all over again.’
      • ‘Until the clothes are on the models and all the hair and make-up is done, you're never going to see the whole picture.’
      • ‘I am currently doing a page by page check of changes and will bring them to your attention in the coming weeks.’
      • ‘It was really strange, because one moment she was just cooking and doing the chores at home, and the next moment she was on telly.’
      • ‘There's loads of washing up to be done, general tidying around the house, and a whole bunch of shopping to get in.’
      • ‘Starting by doing menial tasks teaches people respect for others and also earns their respect.’
      • ‘She'd do her shopping early in the morning so as not to talk to people.’
      • ‘Teachers are routinely doing tasks that were previously carried out by support staff.’
    2. 1.2 Work on (something) to bring it to completion or to a required state.
      ‘it takes them longer to do their hair than me’
      ‘she's the secretary and does the publicity’
      • ‘I'm going to get my hair done a bit more often and go for facials and pamper myself a bit more.’
      • ‘Some of the ground has already been done so work on the project should start soon.’
      • ‘I had my hair and make-up done by professionals, was taught how to walk on a catwalk and got to model three outfits.’
      • ‘I don't like people touching my hair, doing my make-up or telling me what to wear.’
      • ‘Go get an estimate to have it done by someone else and tell her how much she would have to pay.’
      • ‘He added the review had taken around two years and was done through numerous public consultations.’
      • ‘During the dry weather the track to the mine was passable but work had to be done on it to carry heavy traffic.’
      • ‘The chap who does the garden said he wanted to hear some of my music.’
      • ‘When she left school, she did the accounts for a fruit shop.’
      • ‘Nowadays the sales analysis is all done by computer, and is therefore totally reliable.’
      prepare, make, get ready, fix, produce, see to, arrange, organize, be responsible for, be in charge of, look after, take on
      style, arrange, adjust, groom, preen, primp, prink
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    3. 1.3British informal no object Do the cleaning for a person or household.
      ‘Florrie usually did for the Shermans in the mornings’
    4. 1.4 Make or have available and provide.
      ‘many hotels don't do single rooms at all’
      with two objects ‘he decided to do her a pastel sketch of himself’
      • ‘They are doing a Season Ticket: £40’
      • ‘The bar does meals, which looked filling, and the view over the bay is great!’
      • ‘We are now doing a three-course Sunday lunch for £9.95.’
      • ‘I have another chef on my yacht who does different food - fish, salads and raw vegetables.’
      • ‘Does anyone know of a central Manhattan hotel which does family rooms?’
      • ‘The lamb was pleasant enough if not amazing (I think I've been spoiled by the Turkish place on Gillygate, which surely does the best lamb in town), and the vegetables were nicely done.’
      paint, draw, sketch
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    5. 1.5 Solve; work out.
      ‘Joe was doing sums aloud’
      • ‘It may be that you'll need to reassess your choices once you've done some more detailed sums.’
      • ‘They would watch videos, read books and do puzzles.’
      • ‘After doing some hard financial sums, I left the day job to chase a few dreams.’
      • ‘I find doing crosswords strangely relaxing.’
      • ‘Inspector Morse - Gruffly drinks beer and does crosswords in Oxford’
      • ‘Again, multiply the two together and you'll see how the sums have been done.’
      work out, figure out, calculate, add up
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    6. 1.6 Cook (food) to completion or to a specified degree.
      ‘if a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean, then your pie is done’
      • ‘When those are both done, add the pasta to the bacon, and mix for a bit, then add the cream until it's all warm.’
      • ‘She handed him a towel and the phone, and then left to make sure her food was doing okay.’
      • ‘When the burger and onions are almost done, toast the bread on the grill or in a toaster.’
      • ‘When the cake is done let it cool completely in the cake tin before turning it out onto a plate or cooling rack.’
      • ‘On the Indian side of the menu, we recommend lamb, which is always done to perfection.’
    7. 1.7 (often in questions) work at for a living.
      ‘what does she do?’
      • ‘What does your dad do for a living?’
      • ‘Do you remember when I told you what my parents did for a living?’
      • ‘My sis will soon find out what I've really been doing for the past 3 years here.’
      • ‘I keep asking him what he is going to do when he leaves school and he just keeps saying that all he wants to do is play football.’
      • ‘After a day or two, she discovered what I did for a living and began making local specialities, dishes not on the menu.’
      • ‘But talking about this kind of thing is what I do for a living.’
      • ‘What he does for a living is intensely private and frustratingly protracted.’
      • ‘What exactly is it that you do?’
      • ‘I'm still unsure as to what I should be doing for a job - all I know is that it involves creativity.’
      do for a living, work at, be employed as, earn a living as, earn a living at
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    8. 1.8 Learn or study; take as one's subject.
      ‘I'm doing English, German, and History’
      • ‘However, doing a PhD requires a high level of emotional management both within and outwith the field.’
      • ‘We had this sort of thing going on when I was doing my Fine Art Degree.’
      • ‘In what sense are we required to follow the canons of correct reasoning when doing mathematics?’
      • ‘We did French at primary school then I did Spanish at secondary school.’
      • ‘I am doing the most demanding degree, but I could maybe take a year out.’
      study, read, learn, take a course in, take classes in, be taught
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    9. 1.9 Produce or give a performance of (a particular play, opera, etc.)
      ‘the Royal Shakespeare Company are doing Macbeth next month’
      • ‘As most of you know, our school has traditionally done Shakespeare passages for our Recitations.’
      • ‘Luckily I got over it when I was doing Side Man in London.’
      • ‘I thought it was a really compelling one and probably for the same reason I like doing Shakespeare plays.’
      • ‘This is going to be another whole new experience for me because I've never done Peter Pan before.’
      • ‘About six months later I did Spice World with them and they all taught me their moves from the video.’
      • ‘I am working in Norfolk doing a Christmas Spectacular - but I will have to look at a map before I set off.’
      • ‘At present we are doing a modern Russian play and another straight from New York.’
      • ‘When I was doing Sunset Boulevard in London, Jon Pertwee came to see the show.’
      • ‘Says Grandmaître, ‘At the first run-through, they were dancing like we were doing Swan Lake in New York.’’
      • ‘As for serious theatre, it is impossible to be more serious than doing a David Hare play, as Les did, appearing in Skylight in Newbury, or touring Helsinki in the Finnish play Cherished Disappointments In Love with Janet Suzman.’
      • ‘What really means a lot to me is how encouraged I've been by the Brits, in terms of doing Shakespeare.’
      put on, present, produce, give
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    10. 1.10informal Imitate (a particular person) in order to entertain people.
      ‘he not only does Schwarzenegger and Groucho, he becomes them’
      • ‘He does a great Elvis and my guests just loved him.’
      • ‘If you ask me, he does Rolf Harris better than Rolf Harris does himself!’
      • ‘We'd just discarded the possibility of me doing a Lara Croft convincingly.’
      • ‘Well, Jamie Foxx does an incredible performance doing Ray Charles in the movie ‘Ray’ from Universal Pictures.’
      • ‘No one can do the Queen like you! I have found myself enthralled watching your portrayal of her.’
    11. 1.11informal Take (a narcotic drug)
      ‘he doesn't smoke, drink, or do drugs’
      • ‘I've done enough drugs over the years to know what it's like.’
      • ‘See if anyone else is having doubts that all the drugs they've done really were spiritual.’
      • ‘In the months previously, he had claimed he was doing up to 100 bags of heroin a day.’
      • ‘I have never smoked, don't drink, and have never done drugs.’
      • ‘She's admitted that she does cocaine.’
      • ‘She would be there doing heroin and I started off by just having a line on the foil.’
    12. 1.12 Attend to (someone)
      ‘the barber said he'd do me next’
      • ‘A guy came in to get his lip pierced and Robbie asked if he could do him first and I told him it was no problem.’
      • ‘He said he could do me after he finished the one he was doing, but I said no thanks. I’ll wait until tomorrow.’
      • ‘If your employees do not do another customer in between, the time would be booked as 120 minutes or two hours straight time.’
    13. 1.13vulgar slang Have sexual intercourse with.
    14. 1.14do itinformal Have sexual intercourse.
      ‘I only ever did it in the missionary position’
      • ‘I like to do it in the morning.’
      • ‘I hit 16, went to college and one of the guys in my class said that he reckoned I was great in the sack and asked me to 'do it' with him behind the bike sheds.’
    15. 1.15do itinformal Urinate or defecate.
  • 2with object Achieve or complete.

    1. 2.1 Travel (a specified distance)
      ‘one car I looked at had done 112,000 miles’
      • ‘By now it is believed to have done the highest mileage of any comparable plane still in service.’
      • ‘I rode 5 miles yesterday, and did 12 miles today, and already feel better mentally and physically than I have in a few years.’
      • ‘The car does about 35-40 miles to the gallon.’
      travel, journey, go, cover, travel over, pass over, journey over, traverse, cross, range over, put behind one, get under one's belt, attain, achieve, log
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    2. 2.2 Travel at (a specified speed)
      ‘I was speeding, doing seventy-five’
      • ‘Ten of those caught face a court appearance, mostly because they were clocked doing excessively high speeds.’
      • ‘As he sped across the highway out of the city, he couldn't help notice that someone was doing exactly the same speed behind him.’
      • ‘It is tacky and I don't like not being able to see what speed you are doing.’
      • ‘He maintains he was doing the speed limit and had no time to react.’
      • ‘The speed a car is doing is only one element which affects the safety of road users.’
      • ‘Furthermore what if you were told that had they been doing the speed limit, they could have survived?’
      • ‘A number of bikers were also reported for speeding with one clocked doing 96 mph.’
      • ‘We were doing exactly the same speeds and it was a really nice and clean fight.’
      drive at, travel at, go at, proceed at, move at
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    3. 2.3 Make (a particular journey)
      ‘last time I did Oxford–York return by train it was £50’
      • ‘I had complete confidence in the pilot, he does the journey back and forth so many times a day he could probably do it blindfold.’
      • ‘In the seven years I've been doing that journey, I'm thinking that takes my total to five.’
      • ‘I did London to Paris for charity last year.’
      • ‘If they get their journey done quickly it frees up the taxi for other users.’
      • ‘The journey has been done once before, by a Frenchman in 132 days just under ten years ago.’
    4. 2.4 Achieve (a specified sales figure)
      ‘our bestselling album did about a million worldwide’
      • ‘The second book did a fraction of the first book's sales.’
      • ‘Mark my words, look in six months and no one will have any remembrance that it 'only' did one million copies in its first month.’
      • ‘Her last album only did 130,000 in the first week.’
    5. 2.5informal Visit as a tourist, especially in a superficial or hurried way.
      ‘the Americans are allotted only a day to do the Yorkshire Moors’
      • ‘Dave is doing Europe over the next couple of months.’
      • ‘In 1996 we did London, Paris, Brussels, Cologne and Amsterdam.’
      • ‘We did the Eiffel Tower on Friday because we figured the queues would be shorter than on Saturday or Sunday.’
      • ‘If you are in New York, you really have to do the Empire State Building!’
      • ‘The area can be very crowded with surfers and tourists doing Land's End.’
      visit, tour, sightsee in, look around, look round, take in the sights of
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    6. 2.6 Spend (a specified period of time) in prison or in a particular occupation.
      ‘he did five years for manslaughter’
      ‘Peter has done thirteen years in the RAF’
      • ‘I ended up back in prison doing fifteen months for handling stolen goods.’
      • ‘He had done five years for housebreaking.’
      • ‘He did 25 years in the Air Force.’
      • ‘She did 10 years for aggravated murder in Hawaii before her sentence was overturned.’
    7. 2.7informal no object Finish.
      ‘you must sit there and wait till I've done’
      with present participle ‘we've done arguing’
      • ‘She is up packing our stuff right now and she should be done within five minutes or so.’
      • ‘It is finished, all done, and not able to be processed because of funding issues at this point of time.’
      • ‘He says a cable guy buddy of his just got done with a job and is going to come over and help him.’
      • ‘In the middle of the course, I'm done with science and make a small bid for freedom.’
      • ‘Kaitlyn and I will just go upstairs and talk to Sam until you guys are done down here.’
      • ‘Once Varla was done she pulled out some cream and told Amy to apply it to her face.’
      • ‘Well, if you guys are done over there, we're going to get to some more ‘showbiz shorts.’’
      • ‘Are you done with your Christmas shopping?’
      • ‘I was done tidying up the house at around 12:30 pm and went down to my apartment and ate lunch.’
      finished, ended, concluded, terminated, complete, completed, finalized, accomplished, achieved, realized, fulfilled, perfected, consummated, discharged, settled, executed
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    8. 2.8be done Be over.
      ‘the special formula continues to beautify your tan when the day is done’
      • ‘This is the signal that the night is done, and that the sun is coming up.’
      • ‘The working week is done and we're more than up for cocktail fun.’
      • ‘These people should get some sort of satisfaction when the day is done.’
    9. 2.9be/have done withBritish Give up concern for; have finished with.
      ‘I should sell the place and be done with it’
      ‘Steve was not done with her’
      • ‘I just want it to be done with, but I don't want to deal with any of the moving or saying goodbye stuff.’
      • ‘When they were done with all that they lotioned up, and put on a pore minimizing mask and went to bed.’
      • ‘When we were done with that, she had us all sit down at a desk.’
      • ‘All the pomp and ceremony being done with, Lyon kick off from right to left in their dark blue.’
      • ‘The crowd was breaking apart now that the formal ceremonies were done with.’
      • ‘We weren't allowed to talk during lunch, until we were done with the meal and out in the schoolyard.’
      • ‘Once we were done with that, we made a dash to the speeders.’
      • ‘Once a visitor is done with all the mystic tourism Marlborough is close to hand for a bit of shopping or lunch.’
      • ‘After all the travelling is done with for a while and Frost is settled back at home, he plans to revive a sleeping dragon.’
      • ‘When they were done with that they moved to the couch and she leaned against his chest and he wrapped his arms around her and they sat in silence for a while.’
      • ‘All of the after school sports were done with for the day, and most of the teachers had gone home to prepare for the next day of classes.’
      • ‘Can you honestly say that, once the back-slapping and drinks all round were done with, you would be completely overjoyed on his behalf?’
      • ‘He felt like crying, then, though he had promised himself that he was done with that.’
      • ‘We need some new scandal and controversy now that that one is done with (until next year).’
      • ‘Hunter covered his head and waited until the swishing sounds were done with.’
      • ‘When the teacher was done with that, she pulled out a pad of paper and looked once more out into the class.’
      • ‘Later on that day, when classes were done with, Trent headed back to his room.’
      • ‘Once she was done with that she went to her grand piano and started to play it.’
      • ‘She stopped, stood up, presumed that she was done with and strode out of the room.’
      • ‘Now that my only wedding of the summer is done with, I'm wondering how to get myself on the guest list.’
      be finished with, have finished with, have done with, be through with, want no more to do with, have no further dealings with, turn one's back on, be no longer involved in, be no longer involved with, end relations with, give up, wash one's hands of, have no more truck with
      be finished with, have finished with, be done with, be through with, want no more to do with, have no further dealings with, turn one's back on, be no longer involved in, be no longer involved with, end relations with, give up, wash one's hands of, have no more truck with
      be finished with, have finished with, be done with, be through with, want no more to do with, be no longer involved in, be no longer involved with, have given up, have no further dealings with, have turned one's back on, have washed one's hands of, have no more truck with
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  • 3no object, with adverbial Act or behave in a specified way.

    ‘they are free to do as they please’
    ‘you did well to bring her back’
    • ‘Ever since Wapping they have bullied, done just as they pleased and ignored the union.’
    • ‘He has done well to distance himself from the talk but this brawl will surely add more fuel to the fire.’
    • ‘Had he chosen to remain a private citizen he could have done as he pleased.’
    • ‘They just go through life doing exactly as they please, expecting no retribution for their behaviour.’
    • ‘Assessment of burn area tends to be done badly, even by those who are expert at it.’
    • ‘He is used to doing as he pleases and takes notice of nobody.’
    • ‘He did well to finish on the predominantly flat fast course to finish in the top 70.’
    • ‘He said his client admitted he had done wrong and would behave differently if he had his time again.’
    • ‘Instead of the client telling the architect what to do, he was increasingly doing as he pleased.’
    • ‘It's cold and wet out there so I think all are just as happy to be here and doing as we please.’
    • ‘After seeing the injury, Brewster insisted that the police were called and accepted he had done wrong.’
    act, behave, conduct oneself, acquit oneself
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    1. 3.1 Make progress or perform in a specified way; get on or fare.
      ‘when a team is doing badly, it's not easy for a new player to settle in’
      ‘Mrs Walters, how're you doing?’
      • ‘I couldn't tell how well or badly I was doing since it was like taking part in a game without knowing the rules.’
      • ‘We needed to win in the one-day series after doing badly in the Tests.’
      • ‘I got a couple more on my retakes, and to be honest it never really bothered me that I'd done so badly.’
      • ‘This time I was sure I had done well and was pleased with my performance but I lost.’
      • ‘But one trend is clear: smaller retailers are suffering while the big boys are doing fine.’
      • ‘Even if one were free of need and doing well in all other respects, one would still view life as not worth living without friends.’
      • ‘This is not a dramatic slashing of jobs because the company is doing badly.’
      • ‘He's done tremendously well in the last two games and you can't get any harder than the opposition he's faced.’
      • ‘It will obviously all hinge on how well we are doing as the game progresses.’
      • ‘In that case we've done pretty well, finishing in mid-table in a very competitive top flight.’
      • ‘I have to make the most of this good spell of form, and am pleased that we are doing well in Europe.’
      • ‘Chairman of Hampshire Police Federation Keith Ward said he was pleased that Hampshire was doing well.’
      • ‘I work on the basis that, if you are right eight or nine times out of ten, you are not doing too badly.’
      • ‘I convinced myself I'd done incredibly badly, snapped at everyone in sight and was no fun at all.’
      • ‘None of those things is conducive to doing well out on the tennis court.’
      • ‘My husband, Charlie, is chuffed about it and he is pleased that I am doing well.’
      • ‘A representative checks every three or four days to make sure the work is being done properly.’
      • ‘He has just been doing his A levels and he thinks he has done really badly.’
      • ‘It happens irrespective of how well or badly the economy is doing.’
      • ‘If she asks any of you how you think we've done, please give us a glowing report and a gold star.’
      get on, get along, progress, fare, make out, get by, manage, cope, survive
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    2. 3.2with object and complement Have a specified effect on.
      ‘the walk will do me good’
      • ‘The others have petered off and seeing us climb a few places does everyone the world of good.’
      • ‘They'll do themselves harm one way or another.’
      • ‘It will do you good to have some fresh air.’
      • ‘This report has done me untold damage.’
      • ‘However in those days we didn't think we might be doing ourselves serious harm.’
      • ‘He could fall and really do himself damage.’
    3. 3.3with object Result in.
      ‘the years of stagnation did a lot of harm to the younger generation’
      • ‘This storm obviously did quite a bit of damage to area homes, businesses and vehicles.’
      • ‘The original radio series gave many well know comedians their first chance at performing to the public so it did some good.’
      • ‘There's a lot of things that have to be put right because the recession did a lot of damage.’
      • ‘The rapid expansion in 90-92, combined with the recession, did a lot of harm financially, and the company finally went bankrupt.’
  • 4no object Be suitable or acceptable.

    ‘if he's anything like you, he'll do’
    with object ‘a couple of quid'll do me’
    • ‘‘This sweater will do me fine,’ I answered, and I shut the door behind me’
    • ‘I'm looking for someone to blame my feelings on and you'll do.’
    • ‘It's not what I would have hoped for, but it'll have to do.’
    • ‘About this time I realized I was still in a long dress and striped shirt, which won't do for the party.’
    suffice, be adequate, be satisfactory, be acceptable, be good enough, be of use, fill the bill, fit the bill, answer the purpose, serve the purpose, meet one's needs, pass muster
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    1. 4.1 Suffice or be usable.
      ‘a strip of white cotton about 20 yards long did for a fence’
      • ‘A rocky ledge, we decide, will do fine as a lunch spot.’
      • ‘Any piece of paper slipped between two pages would do as a bookmark, but origami bookmarks are stylish and will distinguish you apart from the rest.’
  • 5informal with object Beat up or kill.

    ‘one day I'll do him’
    • ‘I'll do you one of these nights!’
    • ‘I'll do him with an iron bar.’
    • ‘Do you think he did kill himself or was he done in by someone else?’
    1. 5.1be done Be ruined.
      ‘once you falter, you're done’
      • ‘I do my warm-up set, then add a little bit more weight and I'm completely done after about 4 reps.’
      • ‘He did not enter the majors until he was 28 and he was done by the time he was 37.’
      • ‘My body said, ‘Okay, you're done,’ and I just fell apart.’
    2. 5.2 Rob (a place)
      ‘this would be an easy place to do and there was plenty of money lying around’
      • ‘I don't know who, or what organisation, if any, did the bank.’
    3. 5.3British Swindle.
      ‘a thousand pounds for one set of photos—Jacqui had been done’
      • ‘Oh - and if you ever bought this spam filter to get rid of the nasties on your computer, you were apparently done.’
      • ‘How could some of Australia's biggest and shrewdest media outlets get done so badly.’
      • ‘It was only after travelling to Amsterdam and meeting the fraudsters that she became suspicious and contacted police, who told her: ‘Sorry, but you've been done.’’
      • ‘The more I think about it, the more I think I've been done.’
  • 6usually be/get done forBritish informal with object Prosecute or convict.

    ‘we got done for conspiracy to cause GBH’
    • ‘Today, we're finding out what life is like for a sportsperson after getting done for drugs.’
    • ‘I knew I had been done - the blinding flash of the fixed speed camera in Higher Wheelton gave it away.’
    • ‘All this fun resulted in Donovan becoming the first pop star to be done for marijuana possession.’
    • ‘I am sure I wasn't alone in being appalled by the performance of the rally drivers done for speeding this week.’
    • ‘I've been done for drink-driving before.’

auxiliary verb

  • 1Used before a verb (except be, can, may, ought, shall, will) in questions and negative statements.

    ‘do you have any pets?’
    ‘did he see me?’
    ‘I don't smoke’
    ‘it does not matter’
    • ‘But he does not accept that his decision will imperil the organisation's survival.’
    • ‘Unlike other Irish travel firms the company does not offer bookings direct from its website.’
    • ‘I tried once before to recommend this to you, but did you get yourself a copy?’
    • ‘Were you told about the press release before it happened, or did you discover it after it had been sent out?’
    • ‘He does not accept that industrialised farming is to blame for the foot-and-mouth outbreak.’
    • ‘The pain is usually felt on both sides may come on suddenly or gradually, and does not usually occur every day.’
    • ‘Tests today revealed that the teenager did not die of drug abuse.’
    • ‘Despite being the most dangerous road in the country, the A537 does not have a speed camera on it.’
    • ‘When they began to cook, did the first human beings incinerate or cremate themselves?’
    • ‘So does the company have what it takes to expand this market share, and can it afford it?’
    • ‘We thought we saw parakeets on a tree in the distance, but we didn't investigate this time.’
    • ‘If players did not argue with the referee so much the amount of yellow and red cards would be cut drastically!’
    • ‘What does Shakespeare create in the play which makes it so timely for our present?’
    • ‘This man noted in his diary that he did not usually lose his temper with servants.’
    • ‘Three or four students have to share a textbook as the government does not provide enough books.’
    • ‘The usual speed limits apply, but I did not see one speed camera in all of the miles I covered.’
    • ‘Mum got back from holiday and said the house was so clean it didn't feel lived in.’
    • ‘That evening a dance was held which did not finish until the early hours of the morning.’
    • ‘This Government, frightened of being seen as soft on the drugs trade, does not know what to do.’
    • ‘Has anyone tried this sort of thing and if so, what kind of results did you achieve?’
    1. 1.1 Used to make tag questions.
      ‘you write poetry, don't you?’
      ‘I never seem to say the right thing, do I?’
      • ‘You do like champagne, don't you, Charles?’
      • ‘He did some outrageous things, didn't he?’
      • ‘I look all right, don't I?’
      • ‘You do understand, don't you?’
      • ‘She does go on, doesn't she?’
    2. 1.2 Used in negative commands.
      ‘don't be silly’
      ‘do not forget’
      • ‘‘Don't say that,’ I spat, ‘What do you know of it? Nothing!’’
      • ‘You two kids have fun, and don't stay out too late.’
      • ‘Don't forget you have to earn money before you can spend it.’
  • 2Used to refer back to a verb already mentioned.

    ‘he looks better than he did before’
    ‘you wanted to enjoy yourself, and you did’
    ‘as they get smarter, so do the crooks’
    ‘I paid for my two tickets on the train and did so without complaint’
    • ‘Yes, it does seem impossible that my cat could sleep more than he already does, but it is true.’
    • ‘His conduct invited the police to draw the conclusions which they did and to act as they did.’
    • ‘While many of our own have forgotten the importance of honouring our country, she did not.’
    • ‘She said it was typical of her husband to act as he did when he swam out to reach the boys.’
    • ‘How can we expect change if the law says hitting children is acceptable, which it does now?’
    • ‘On this occasion, the Warsaw native's quotes offered no clue to exactly why he chose to act the way he did.’
    • ‘Looks like he's going to be spending even more time on the bench than he does already.’
    • ‘But I concede that a minority of young people behave worse than they did in my own youth.’
    • ‘I didn't get up until late today but I feel more tired now than I did when I went to bed last night.’
    • ‘Comments like this makes your child feel even worse than she does already for failing at something.’
    • ‘I accept, as Cleanthes did, that the argument does not by itself lead to that conclusion.’
    • ‘Liz doesn't seem to have a blog, but Crystal Evans does, and of course so does the Homeless Guy.’
    • ‘Graham Lee's mount has been in good form lately and looks more at home over hurdles than he did over fences.’
    • ‘Those who did not sign it were beaten until they did or officers simply forged their signature.’
    • ‘This is going to affect myself and other residents even more than it does already.’
    • ‘Apparently you are not to expect a man to act how he did when you were simply dating.’
    • ‘He has briefed me fully on the background which led him to make the statement he did.’
    • ‘Nothing like this could ever happen and yet it does and you will not forget.’
    • ‘You're a much weaker person than you used to be, but you still act like you did when everyone looked up to you.’
    • ‘It actually costs more to manage a team of volunteers than it does to manage a team of paid staff.’
  • 3Used to give emphasis to a positive verb.

    ‘I do want to act on this’
    ‘he did look tired’
    • ‘Which does rather raise the question of why the government didn't think of it two days ago.’
    • ‘That more or less answers that question, but it does open up another can of worms.’
    • ‘But this still does beg a question as to what is in all this for the manufacturer.’
    • ‘However the parents do live in a rather affluent area outside of San Diego.’
    • ‘In the final act, the film does deliver a few surprises, but by that point it's far too late.’
    • ‘In that statement she does indeed make the statement which is attributed to her.’
    • ‘It's a chilling and bizarre image, but it does answer the questions better than any other theory.’
    • ‘Where the commandment does fall down is its lack of relevance to tenement life.’
    • ‘He did seem very tired in the bath though so I think we might need to work on his stamina.’
    • ‘However, it does pose the age-old question of whether or not money can buy you happiness.’
    • ‘However, the controversy does raise important questions over the use of technology in sport.’
    • ‘I think there is a lot of truth in that statement even if it does paint an unflattering portrait.’
    • ‘The Guardian does mention important and controversial issues, but only in passing.’
    • ‘For one thing, many Democrats seem to have forgotten that they did win the election last time.’
    • ‘While not directly overlooked, the garden does look onto the side of another house.’
    • ‘The film has a positive message because Bella does find friendship and love.’
    • ‘In this case, the answers to the first two of these questions really does appear to be no.’
    • ‘Oh well, the tutor did mention she was interested in the reactions we would get.’
    • ‘It does beg the question of why they should go to all that effort though.’
    • ‘If he does give evidence the question will depend on whether his evidence is believed.’
    1. 3.1 Used in positive commands to give polite encouragement.
      ‘do tell me!’
      ‘do sit down’
      • ‘‘Do tell me all about your visit,’ she continued.’
      • ‘If you're in the Valley at that time, please do come to the event, it should be great.’
      • ‘Do sit down and make yourself comfortable.’
  • 4Used with inversion of a subject and verb when an adverbial phrase begins a clause for emphasis.

    ‘only rarely did they succumb’
    ‘not only did the play close, the theatre closed’
    • ‘Rarely does a new Ring cycle begin with such confidence and lucidity, on stage and in the pit.’
    • ‘He first searches to find where Josh is up to and only then does he begin to teach.’
    • ‘She doesn't ask me anything, nor does she refer to The Incident With The Dolls.’
    • ‘Not alone did he encourage others to get involved but he is now the club's secretary.’
    • ‘Only at the turn of this year did he begin to secure headlines with his mouth shut.’

noun

informal
  • 1British A party or other social event.

    ‘the soccer club Christmas do’
    • ‘It was very seldom that he went out - only family functions or Christmas dos.’
    • ‘She said: ‘We always used to feel like usurpers at those dos.’’
    • ‘I once sold a year's use of a Jaguar at one of these dos for more than the car was worth, simply because two blokes in the room were each determined to prove that they were considerably richer than the other.’
    • ‘Mr Burnham, 55, said: ‘I'm a keen go-karter and because of that I get invited to some charity dos.’’
    • ‘Such social dos are more or less confined to the well to do and the upwardly mobile class of young professionals.’
    • ‘Whereas it used to be places like Newcastle, Edinburgh now attracts busloads of stag dos.’
    • ‘Jeff's workplace were having one of those dos where everyone in the company drinks beer and socialises - a pretty good idea when they all work in small teams that don't meet face to face - and Lucy and me tagged along.’
    • ‘We have done so many dos for the family in the pub and we did his wedding for him and now his funeral.’
    • ‘There's even a small selection of products for the hen and stag dos, including T-shirts featuring key words in diamanté on the front such as ‘Sexy bridesmaid’ and ‘Groom's mother’.’
    • ‘Usually, however, fundraisers become society dos with the ‘need-to-be-seen’ factor eclipsing social causes.’
    • ‘Charity dinners and celebrity dos for a cause are a trend these days - what better way to raise a big sum for a noble cause?’
    • ‘They made careers out of being party girls, haunting the edges of posh dos and premieres.’
    • ‘We often have do's, birthday parties, anniversary's, and I'm nearly 96.’
    • ‘Hen and stag dos, birthdays and a lot of parties coming back again and again ensured that it was always swinging.’
    • ‘She is a much sought after figure to grace social dos and functions even at the age of 80.’
    • ‘‘The dinner he was invited to wasn't even one of our most important dos,’ the source said.’
    • ‘In our area we have social events, sing songs and get-togethers and dos.’
    • ‘But it hasn't all been boring work - I've had a couple of fun nights out at press dos: one at the Cinnamon Club - a fab Indian restaurant - to launch a new warming KY Jelly.’
    • ‘There was even an ongoing carnival and lots of gangs of women on hen dos, wearing rubbish outfits (and stupid deeley-bopper things on their heads), with even more rubbish shoes.’
    • ‘He had been Santa for nephews and nieces at family dos, and I thought he was very good.’
    party, reception, gathering, celebration, function, affair, event, social event, social occasion, social function, social
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  • 2North American

    ‘a bowl-shaped do of perfect silky hair’
    short for hairdo
    • ‘Rather than giving in to the elements, weatherproof your tresses with gorgeous off-the-face dos, like the three low-maintenance styles we've highlighted this month.’
    • ‘The women's hair is slicked back into boyish dos.’
    • ‘Local stylists offered bouffant 'dos in the shape of mushroom clouds.’
    • ‘The short 'do' really suits you!’
    • ‘My friends and I were all laughing and braiding each other's hair, twisting our strands into funky 'dos.’
    • ‘I like your new do, Alex… very nice.’
    • ‘These tongs are a great way to twist and bend your way to great new curly dos.’
    • ‘Jill loves African-inspired dos, so she has fun with looks like cornrows and twists and threaded styles.’
  • 3mass noun Excrement.

    ‘the air was rancid with the smell of donkey doo’
    figurative ‘they'll be the first to come begging for help when the do hits the fan’
    • ‘Will somebody who puts the doo in a plastic bag, then ties it to a tree or leaves it on the side of a path, explain the logic behind that to me?’
    • ‘Good thing they learned how to run the ball the last couple of years, or they'd really be in some deep doo.’
    • ‘Save the Bay—don't let Maryland drown in chicken doo!’
    • ‘It would be funny if many visitors to their properties had dog do on their shoes.’
    • ‘Appealingly illustrated by Yelchin, subjects range from flowers about to release their seeds to birds eating berries that will be dropped off in their doo.’
    • ‘The company's in deep financial doo, so can be bought cheap.’
    • ‘She laughed when she discovered dog doo could be subjected to DNA testing to help stop the flow of canine excrement landing on the condo complex's property.’
    • ‘It is no wonder that the team is such a stinking pile of doo.’
  • 4archaic A swindle or hoax.

Phrases

  • be nothing to do with

    • 1Be no business or concern of.

      ‘it's my decision—it's nothing to do with you’
      • ‘We wanted to go with him for counselling but we were told our son was over 18 and it was nothing to do with us.’
      • ‘It was nothing to do with anyone other than his family.’
      • ‘Striker Andy Gray said: ‘We've got to do the business on the pitch, what goes on off it is nothing to do with us.’’
      • ‘It was between the clubs and they couldn't agree a price. It was nothing to do with me so I just ignored it.’
      • ‘I always thought that it was nothing to do with me, that it was to do with other people's opinion.’
      • ‘Every time MPs try to get answers from the Department of Health, we are told it is nothing to do with ministers.’
      • ‘This is our concern alone, this is nothing to do with you!’
      • ‘As a businessman himself, he should obviously be able to draw the distinction between running a successful business for commercial gain and getting involved in something that is nothing to do with him.’
      be unconnected with, be unrelated to
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      1. 1.1Be unconnected with.
        ‘he says his departure is nothing to do with the resignation calls’
        • ‘The Government preens itself about how well the economy is going, but that is nothing to do with what it has done.’
        • ‘I went to the studio, and they asked me the most foolish questions that were nothing to do with animal welfare.’
        • ‘According to an airport spokesperson, both of these flights were delayed because the planes were late arriving at the airport and were nothing to do with the fact that security guards were on strike at the same time.’
        • ‘The girl was nothing to do with what was going on, a completely innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet.’
        • ‘It was nothing to do with politics and everything to do with evidence.’
        • ‘It is nothing to do with how fast you run, the power comes from the shoulders.’
        • ‘I discovered I had some skills that I didn't realise were saleable - namely writing and speaking - which were nothing to do with my first career as an oil executive.’
        • ‘The ailments that he had - bronchitis, asthma, malaria - were nothing to do with war service so he had to live on a ten shillings-a-week pension.’
        • ‘But I can confirm it was nothing to do with drugs.’
        • ‘The reason it didn't work was nothing to do with how I looked, we just weren't right for each other.’
        be unconnected with, be unrelated to
        avoid, have no dealings with, have no truck with, avoid dealing with, have no contact with, steer clear of, give a wide berth to
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  • be to do with

    • Be concerned or connected with.

      ‘the problems are usually to do with family tension’
      • ‘It is a very spiritual activity as it is to do with seasonal change and the passage of time.’
      • ‘I had a hard time earning the respect of supporters, who thought his transfer was to do with me.’
      • ‘I could tell that part of the silence was to do with how much weight I had lost.’
      • ‘But this is not a financial matter, it is to do with health.’
      • ‘The only thing that made me really unhappy in the period afterwards, where I actually got emotional, was to do with the kids.’
      • ‘‘This age group is the most likely to be involved in a crash and we believe this is to do with inexperience,’ Mr Farrell said.’
      • ‘Much of this, he suspects, is to do with the Internet.’
      • ‘‘I think a lot of it is to do with the confusion caused by having a General Election on the same day,’ he said.’
      • ‘I have seen hair thinning in women who have dieted a lot and I think this is to do with poor vitamin and mineral intake.’
      • ‘Half the complaints received were to do with community care, 44 per cent children and families and the remaining of six per cent within other areas of the department.’
      relate to, apply to, be relevant to, have relevance to, concern, refer to, have reference to, belong to, pertain to, be pertinent to, bear on, have a bearing on, appertain to, affect, involve, cover, touch
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  • do a —

    • informal Behave in a manner characteristic of (a specified person)

      ‘he did a Garbo after his flop in the play’
      • ‘I thought Knight was doing an Anastacia as this album opened to the rock-tinged tune of her latest single Come As You Are.’
      • ‘The leading actors even wore the correct underwear beneath their historically researched costumes - known in the trade as doing a von Stroheim, because Erich von Stroheim insisted on undie realism in 1924 for Greed.’
      • ‘As I pictured him doing a Travis Bickle through the urine reeking, hashish infested streets of Madrid, I felt like paraphrasing Oscar Wilde, one would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the man.’
      • ‘People will naturally say, ‘Ah, motor racing, money, TV - it's a money-spinning exercise; he's doing a Simon Cowell’.’
      • ‘So without doing a Walt Whitman, I'm now going to self-refer.’
      • ‘Anyway, surely, if he wanted to make it truly dramatic, he should have tried doing a Richard Hannay and hanging off the clock hands.’
      • ‘He was caught on camera doing a Vinny Jones on St Mirren striker Mark Yardley.’
      • ‘I am not doing an Arsene Wenger, but I did not see the incident that led to his first booking.’
      • ‘Anyway, old Neb thought he was the greatest wonder of the world, especially after doing an Alan Titchmarsh on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.’
      • ‘I am not doing a Germaine Greer or Betty Friedan.’
  • don't — me

    • informal Do not use the word — to me.

      ‘‘Don't morning me. Where the hell've you been all night?’’
      • ‘‘Don't hello me,’ I reply, ‘You think that you can slander me in the paper and then act as though everything is ok?’’
      • ‘Don't sorry me, go down and apologize.’
      • ‘‘Whatever, Mindy… whatever,’ he muttered. ‘No, don't whatever me! I want to know the truth!’’
  • do one

    • informal in imperativeGo away.

      ‘look, just do one, will you!’
      • ‘Why don't you just do one. You're a waste of time.’
      • ‘So do me a favour and go do one.’
  • do or die

    • 1Persist, even if death is the result.

      ‘a grim determination to do or die’
      • ‘When he set off to make the 7000-mile trip alone, Mr Halsey swore he would ‘do or die’.’
      • ‘They are Indian companies with not so much of a global market or mindshare, but with a determination to do or die.’
      • ‘This was how to live, on the edge, ready to do or die, with no safety rope to haul you back in.’
      • ‘He seemed determined to do or die on the last day of combat.’
      • ‘Some of these players are not prepared to do or die for York and I need to draft players in who are.’
      1. 1.1Used to describe a critical situation where one's actions may result in victory or defeat.
        ‘the 72nd hole was do or die’
        • ‘‘At this point it's basically a do or die situation as we are right on the edge of making play-offs,’ explained Paul.’
        • ‘This election was do or die for them.’
        • ‘For the England fans before the match the game against the Germans was do or die.’
        • ‘His incredible death or glory hundred, in a do or die qualification battle for India at the Sinhalese Sports Club Stadium left the Kiwis rubbing their eyes in sheer disbelief.’
        • ‘You know this is do or die - if you lose, you're done.’
        • ‘‘Everything for us is do or die,’ she explained.’
        • ‘Yes, it was important, but not a do or die situation, as is portrayed by the president's political rivals.’
        • ‘Every game is a must-win situation, creating a do or die atmosphere with each contest.’
        • ‘It was literally do or die for the print media and something had to give.’
        • ‘‘It's pretty much do or die, and your competitiveness comes out,’ he said.’
  • do well for oneself

    • Become successful or wealthy.

      ‘her friend had done well for herself since she'd moved to London’
      • ‘A bank with access to this market can do well for itself by offering credit at 25 percent.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Harper's Bazaar isn't the only fashion magazine that did well for itself in the second half of 2002.’
      • ‘We can't support her - and she will totally screw up a terrific opportunity to do well for herself.’
      • ‘The town was founded in 1874, and it did well for itself thanks to a small, oily, bony fish called menhaden.’
      • ‘To do well for myself, I have to create a product or service that is positive and desirable for others.’
      • ‘I wanted to do well for myself and for my parents who did not have the opportunity to attend college.’
      • ‘Willy insisted that because Bernard was not well liked, he would not do well for himself when he grew up.’
      • ‘But I always say that I will never worry about her survival skills, I know she'll always do well for herself in the long-term.’
      • ‘Such thinking led him to start his own firm, Eugene Meyer and Company, which opened in 1904, and gradually, he began to make his mark on Wall Street and to do well for himself and his associates.’
      • ‘It has managed to do well for itself over the years, and today continues to seek new strategic partners.’
  • do well out of

    • Make a profit out of; benefit from.

      ‘they're doing well out of scrap metal’
      • ‘Although Edinburgh and Glasgow continue to do well out of tourism, due partly to their good transport links and conference business, rural Scotland has suffered a big decline in the last two or three years.’
      • ‘Major financial and commercial centres such as London and Amsterdam also did well out of long-distance trades.’
      • ‘Pubs which opened early to serve drinks and breakfast to fans did well out of the World Cup.’
      • ‘They have an almost a-political attitude: providing they are doing well out of the economy they are not much interested in what is happening in politics.’
      • ‘Even though we are, by any standards, doing well out of Europe, we have difficulty making the final commitment to the single currency, just as our nerve has failed at every stage in the evolution of post-war Europe.’
      • ‘Markets are seen as a very positive step in bringing people in, and I hope the traders and local shopkeepers do well out of it.’
      • ‘You only have to look at the recent profit results of resources companies to realise Australia is doing well out of the commodities boom.’
      • ‘The west Midlands campaign, limited so far to the Birmingham elite and chattering classes, has been partly fuelled by a sense that north Wales is doing well out of devolution.’
      • ‘Only the promoters, their advisers and the Queensland Government do well out of investment properties in the Deep North.’
      • ‘The only people doing well out of such lawsuits are the lawyers.’
  • have (got) — to do with

    • 1Be connected with (someone or something) to the extent specified.

      ‘John's got nothing to do with that terrible murder’
      • ‘This could have something to do with why a lot of people don't see any importance in marriage.’
      • ‘She wondered if the long dry hot weather may have something to do with what she was seeing.’
      • ‘He sees himself as a pioneer in the field he has chosen, which actually has nothing to do with what he did in college.’
      • ‘Perhaps this has something to do with why I failed as an architecture student.’
      • ‘Players do not like criticism and maybe that had something to do with what happened today.’
      • ‘They tried to make a big deal out of it, but the truth is that the governor had nothing to do with that.’
      • ‘This has nothing to do with how much faith you have or how you feel.’
      • ‘The problem has nothing to do with too much tax or too few incentives.’
      • ‘He told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday he had nothing to do with either the murders or the shooting.’
      • ‘I used to be in the Forces for five years and that might have something to do with how calm I was.’
      1. 1.1Have no contact or dealings with.
        ‘Billy and his father have had nothing to do with each other for nearly twenty years’
        • ‘If the father wants to have nothing to do with the baby then he may or may not mind the mother having an abortion.’
        • ‘He can tell me that Jack is just some stupid Junior that I should have nothing to do with.’
        • ‘And the God who is invoked in justification of these is a God I wish to have nothing to do with.’
        • ‘The funny thing is, he left a pregnant girl in New Zealand and will have nothing to do with the child he fathered.’
        • ‘It is a sweet tale of a boy in love with a girl whose father will let her have nothing to do with him.’
        • ‘I suggest you two shake hands and apologize now, or I will have nothing to do with either of you again!’
        steer clear of, avoid, shun, evade, eschew, shy away from, fight shy of, recoil from, keep away from, keep one's distance from, give a wide berth to, leave alone
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  • it isn't done

    • Used to express the opinion that a particular thing contravenes custom or propriety.

      ‘in such a society it is not done to admit to taking religion seriously’
      • ‘It isn't done to speak ill of the dead.’
      • ‘But someone should tell him that it isn't done to talk about one's son as one would about a prized racehorse at a stud farm.’
      • ‘When you're pulling in $20 million a movie, it isn't done to ask exactly how long you spent in architecture school!’
      • ‘In France bills are expected to be paid by the due date – it is not done to wait for the 'final warning' letter!’
  • it won't do

    • Used to express the opinion that a particular person's behaviour is unsatisfactory and cannot be allowed to continue.

      ‘Can't have that kind of talk—I've told you before, it won't do’
      • ‘I know that I am still recovering from fatigue, but I can use tiredness as an excuse and that just will not do.’
      • ‘It simply will not do for an elected government to fob people off with clichés and half truths.’
  • no you don't!

    • informal Used to indicate that one intends to prevent someone from doing what they were about to do.

      ‘Sharon went to get in the taxi. ‘Oh no you don't’, said Steve’
      • ‘No you don't lad. Let William and Jack go after them.’
      • ‘‘Oh no you don't!’ I shouted, jumping for the door before he could.’
  • that does it!

    • informal Used to indicate that one will not tolerate a particular thing any longer.

      ‘That does it! Let's go!’
      • ‘I was already deciding whether to unlock the door or not, but that does it! I'll stay here until it kills me, do you hear?’
      • ‘‘Well, that does it!’ Tyler said. He brushed past Josh and out of the room.’
      • ‘That does it! I quit!’
      • ‘That does it, I'm going to bed.’
      • ‘All right, that does it! I want to know what's behind that door.’
  • that's done it!

    • informal Used to express dismay or anger when something has gone wrong.

      • ‘Oh hell, that's done it.’
      • ‘‘That's done it!’ said a growl from the crackling intercom system. ‘Our energy transfer unit just had a stroke.’’
      • ‘‘Uh oh, that's done it,’ he said. ‘We've got to get off this ship ASAP!’’

Phrasal Verbs

  • do away with

    • 1Put an end to; remove.

      ‘the desire to do away with racism’
      • ‘If there are scratches, you can use polish cleaner and scratch remover to do away with them.’
      • ‘The government will this week unveil a plan to abolish red tape for business and consumers, doing away with thousands of petty laws and rules, and streamlining all regulations.’
      • ‘Perhaps Leeds City Council should do away with pedestrian crossings and rely on the traffic to stop and allow us to cross the road safely.’
      • ‘New packaging technologies could finally do away with the family butcher.’
      • ‘Lewis said the merger would cut costs by erasing 6,000 jobs and doing away with overlapping technology and marketing expenses.’
      • ‘During his time at the Central Bank he dined in the staff restaurant and did away with the executive dining room.’
      • ‘It can take the pressure off Dublin Airport and do away with the necessity for a second terminal at an already overcrowded airport and city.’
      • ‘It seems they are always looking for things to change or do away with.’
      • ‘It said: ‘The whole purpose of this initiative as we understood it is to save money by doing away with, or at least cutting down on things like order books.’’
      • ‘We should learn instead from New Zealand, which did away with virtually all its agricultural subsidies and trade barriers in the mid-1980s.’
      abolish, quash, get rid of, discard, remove, eliminate, discontinue, cancel, stop, end, terminate, put an end to, put a stop to, call a halt to, dispense with, drop, abandon, give up
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      1. 1.1Kill.
        ‘he didn't have the courage to do away with her’
        • ‘He is set to harm the young lady whom you shelter, and do away with all those who hold her in their hearts, be they kith or kin.’
        • ‘Many of the participants were on the ground, searching for other victims to do away with.’
        • ‘Antonia will do away with Barry, and Rose will return the favor by knocking off Hector.’
        • ‘Without further ado the king hires an assassin to do away with him, solving all sorts of problems in one deathly stroke.’
        • ‘If Jade could try to get rid of George, what would stop her from doing away with David?’
        • ‘While awaiting trial, many accused murderers do away with themselves by hanging.’
        kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down
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  • do by

    • Treat or deal with in a specified way.

      ‘do as you would be done by’
      ‘she did well by them’
      • ‘My mother, bless her soul, had done well by me in making me learn to sew at an early age.’
      • ‘Then he began to have a faint inkling that he was being treated leniently, and to think that they had done kindly by him, in not yielding to his wish.’
      • ‘If he had done badly by her he knows I'd put his teeth halfway down his throat.’
  • do someone/something down

    • 1Get the better of someone, typically in an underhand way.

      ‘if you're a manager trying to do down a colleague, the best way to do it is to flood them with data’
      • ‘There is no small irony in the fact that he has been done down by the very forces he sought to win over to New Labour and whom he believed respected him for his authoritarianism and readiness to trample on democratic rights.’
      • ‘‘He brings great rigour to his arguments and if others cannot do the same they will be done down,’ said one financier.’
      • ‘Two years ago they did us down in the same stadium and, since then, their star has been rising and rising.’
      • ‘He never faced a room full of twenty-first century youngsters who, at best, would rather be at home playing Playstation games and, at worst, were determined to do him down.’
      • ‘Were the Gods contriving to do us down once more on the major stage of a Munster championship day?’
      • ‘Never one to undervalue his own importance, he was able to face his public humiliation because he knew in his own mind that he had been done down by petty, smallminded people, not a match for his abilities and foresight.’
      • ‘For a while there were rumours of a Labor rat out to do him down.’
      1. 1.1Criticize someone or something.
        ‘they're always moaning and doing British industry down’
        • ‘It's ironic that one of our own should be doing us down again.’
        • ‘It also comes hot on the heels of allegations filtering back to the Maryhill area that certain other first division managers have been actively doing his side down in the press.’
        • ‘They always had faith in him despite the so-called experts who were only willing to do him down.’
        • ‘The magazine's got a cheek to revel in London's victory when it always does its very best to do our city down.’
        • ‘We don't want to do our country down, but please don't act as if we've got the problems under control.’
        belittle, disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, cast aspersions on, discredit, vilify, defame, decry, criticize, abuse, insult, malign
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  • do for

    • Defeat, ruin, or kill.

      ‘without that contract we're done for’
      ‘it was the cold that did for him in the end’
      • ‘That defeat all but did for their already slim chances of progressing.’
      • ‘"Well," Ren said, shifting her weight to the other foot, "when he realized that the ship was done for, he appeared absolutely ecstatic."’
      • ‘The foolish state of excitement into which I allowed myself to get the other day completely did for me, and I have hardly done anything since.’
      • ‘Now the blooms are limp, and soaked through, and I fear they are done for.’
      • ‘‘Don't worry, they're done for,’ Sean said, his heartbeat starting to slow to normal pace.’
      ruin, destroy, reduce to nothing, spoil, mar, injure, blight, shatter, scotch, mess up
      kill, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, finish off
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  • do something (or nothing) for

    • Enhance (or detract from) the appearance or quality of.

      ‘whatever the new forum does for industry, it certainly does something for the Minister’
      ‘that scarf does nothing for you’
      • ‘Why would she choose to wear such a horrendously unflattering dress? It just does nothing for her.’
      • ‘It's a color that does nothing for you.’
      • ‘That hairstyle does nothing for you, Kat.’
  • do someone in

    • 1Kill someone.

      ‘oh my God, she's done him in’
      • ‘Some young men were setting up their instruments, and as another puff of smoke drifted toward Francesca, she hollered, ‘I'm going to go get some air-this smoke is doing me in!’’
      • ‘The amount we consume, what we consume, and how much we consume at one time is doing us in.’
      • ‘Thinking kings rarely prosper: Chaucer's patron Richard II was done in; ditto Charles I, a collector of art more voracious even than Charles Saatchi.’
      • ‘Some believe she was done in for planning to marry into a successful Arab merchant family.’
      • ‘Tuesday Cathy Jamieson was convinced that there's a plot to do her in, after the BBC did an undercover job on the private prison at Kilmarnock.’
      • ‘Did you come here to see if I was alright or to finish the job of doing me in?’
      • ‘He tried to have some generals arrested, and some formed a conspiracy to do him in.’
      • ‘They are lurking on every street corner, plotting to do us in.’
      • ‘How he died, when he died, and whether he was done in by his comrades, fearful of another purge, all remain a mystery to this day.’
      • ‘And most people were convinced that he would be done in.’
      kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down
      kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down
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      1. 1.1Be tired out.
        ‘there was 1 minute 4 seconds to play and the Lions were done in’
        • ‘I had hoped she would feel like going with us but she was done in by three days of greater than usual activity.’
        • ‘Maybe they would have been done in by a running game that produced a measly 2.9 yards per carry.’
        • ‘He says that the 2001 Lions were done in by all the travelling and inadequate rest periods: his meticulous planning will prevent a similar fate this time.’
        wear out, tire out, exhaust, fatigue, weary, overtire, drain, prostrate, enervate, devitalize
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  • do something in

    • Injure something.

      ‘I did my back in a few years ago’
      • ‘She did her knee in about 3 years ago playing tennis.’
      • ‘In March of that year, I did my back in, and for the first time in my life I realised what it meant to be housebound.’
      • ‘I did my ankle in on the second day and had to go home early.’
      • ‘I know my dad hated not working when he did his shoulder in.’
      injure, hurt, damage, maim, cripple, disable, paralyse
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  • do someone out of

    • Deprive someone of (something) in an underhand or unfair way.

      ‘she was always chasing him about money, as if he was trying to do her out of her share’
      • ‘‘Because all the other detox models have a full 24-hour-a-day doctor presence, some doctors think we're doing them out of a job,’ Maxwell says.’
      • ‘The Australian controllers are doing them out of a job.’
      • ‘They both laughed when I told them how much I had paid for it, saying I had been done out of a gold piece.’
      • ‘Also, I can't imagine that professional caddies will like them as they could do them out of employment.’
      • ‘He also alleged that he had been done out of 60 million shares by one of the bank's three largest shareholders.’
      • ‘German resellers are the least worried in Europe that large retailers could do them out of business and sales.’
      • ‘You're doing them out of their bread-and-butter here.’
      • ‘He became convinced that other officers were doing him out of his just rewards: the prize money for capturing enemy ships.’
      • ‘The man would not do you out of a cent and it would certainly not have been his intention to rob anyone.’
      • ‘Senior officers in MI6 feel deeply threatened by this technology because it effectively does them out of a job.’
      swindle out of, cheat out of, trick out of, prevent from having, prevent from gaining, deprive of, dispossess of, rob of, strip of, relieve of
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  • do something out

    • Decorate or furnish a room or building in a particular style, colour, or material.

      ‘the basement is done out in limed oak’
      • ‘It's a steep climb, but worth it: the rooms are done out in an original Indo-Ligurian style and, best of all, both houses share a well-kept terrace garden, sandwiched between the castle and the crashing waves below.’
      • ‘The whole place is done out in an Egyptian style.’
      • ‘She was told it was a girl, bought all pink, did the room out in pink and had a boy.’
      • ‘It's done out in dark wood and the lighting was subdued, with no candles to add a little sparkle.’
      decorate, furnish, adorn, ornament, embellish
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  • do someone over

    • Beat someone up.

      ‘let's do them over and dump them somewhere’
      • ‘I've realised with a certain sort of delight that I'm now so old that nobody can earn any sort of reputation from doing me over.’
      • ‘‘We could do you over,’ a shy-looking boy with dark hair added loudly before retreating back into the hood on his jacket.’
      • ‘Also, I am quite a nice person who would not do you over should you reveal some home truths.’
      • ‘He suddenly pulled out a gun and confronted Mr Thompson over some men being ‘sent to do him over.’’
      • ‘With some people, if they get cross they make a threat and say they'll punch you or do you over if you do it again.’
      • ‘Half the time you can't go into the playground because someone will do you over, and if they don't get you in school they get you on the way home.’
      • ‘‘She looked like she had been done over by Mike Tyson,’ added Caroline.’
      beat up, assault, attack, mug, batter, thrash, pummel, pound
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  • do something over

    • 1Ransack a place, especially while searching for something worth stealing.

      ‘Jacqui's flat had been done over—the evidence was all too clear’
      • ‘When he arrived back from Geneva last Saturday he found his house had been done over.’
      • ‘Vandals have also done over his shop.’
      • ‘My house still looks as if it's been done over by a gang of particularly thorough burglars.’
    • 2Decorate or furnish a room or building.

      ‘a two-room flat done over by a local designer’
      • ‘She did the house over -- completely, with the exception of the room he'd used for a study.’
      • ‘I feel like those people on TV getting their houses done over by expensive designers.’
      • ‘He just sticks his head in the door and loudly proclaims ‘I did my kitchen over today as well and it's much better than this.’’
      • ‘It was bought about a year ago by an outfit called Country Club Luxury Hotels and has been completely done over.’
    • 3Repeat something.

      ‘to absorb the lesson, I had to do it over and over’
      • ‘Why do something over and over if the result never changes?’
      • ‘Even simple choices can have huge consequences, and we never get to do things over!’
      • ‘He pried the board free and then, glowering, he did the job over.’
      • ‘If it doesn't come loose the first time you may have to do it over a few times until you can easily unscrew the old chuck.’
      • ‘If you could do it over, what would be your debut album?’
      • ‘They saw the dailies, and they came back a couple weeks later, and they said, ‘We'd like to do that scene over, and we'd like you to be more passionate.’’
      • ‘Though Mary Jane made the artist do the face over, the expression did not improve.’
      • ‘Brown says he's proud of his three-story, three-bedroom home; but if he had to do it over, he'd have budgeted better and saved more money before jumping into buying the house.’
      • ‘If you could do it over again right now, what would you have fixed?’
      • ‘The best compromise was always just to do it over.’
  • do up

    • Be able to be fastened.

      ‘a shirt so tight that not all of the buttons did up’
      • ‘My jeans won't do up anymore.’
      • ‘It is buttoned down the front with five buttons, which also do up the men's way, and which are 10.5 cm apart, centre to centre.’
      • ‘I have a whole rack of jeans that for some reason do not do up.’
      • ‘I have put on so much weight that my posh dress won't actually do up at the back without making me look like I am a Diana Dors replicant that is carrying triplets’
      • ‘Some bras on the market now do up at the front.’
  • do someone up

    • Dress someone up, especially in an elaborate or impressive way.

      ‘Agnes was all done up in a slinky black number’
      • ‘‘You don't look so bad yourself,’ Heather replied, realizing that Martha was done up.’
      • ‘She was poked, prodded, and pinned until she was done up in one of the most elaborate gowns she'd ever worn.’
      • ‘A group of teenage girls got on, all done up in glitter, crop tops and tight jeans.’
      • ‘Lizzy and Jane were done up nicely if discreetly.’
      • ‘I decided she needed to go out clubbing and did her up in a cute punk style.’
  • do something up

    • 1Fasten something.

      ‘she drew on her coat and did up the buttons’
      • ‘She does her coat up and slowly makes for the door then stops.’
      • ‘Carl studied her for a moment and then nodded ‘You need to do up another button on your blouse and here,’ Carl handed her a security ‘visitor’ identification badge.’
      • ‘He does his coat up.’
      • ‘The gist was this: children arriving in primary school are no better than savages - unable to do up buttons, use a knife and fork, sit still or even speak.’
      • ‘Their top buttons were done up, and stayed that way.’
      • ‘Barely able to do up his buttons because of the swelling, he nevertheless ‘managed to get through’ that day's matinee and evening show before being strapped up at hospital.’
      • ‘Practise doing up buttons and fastening his shoes, but don't worry or pressure him if this proves too difficult.’
      • ‘I took 30 minutes to put on my shirt and do up the buttons and gave up on the tie and shoelaces.’
      • ‘It was refreshing to be able to do up clips and buckles and perform tasks without everything becoming mission impossible.’
      • ‘One day I walked in and my top button wasn't done up, he gave the class and me an entire lecture about appearance.’
      fasten, tie, tie up, lace, knot, make a knot in, tie a bow in
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      1. 1.1Arrange one's hair in a particular way, especially so as to be pulled back from one's face or shoulders.
        ‘her dark hair was done up in a pony tail’
        • ‘After a day of scrubbing, applying make-up, and sitting still while mother did our hair up, we were ready.’
        • ‘She went all out in getting dressed in the mornings, doing up her hair and powdering her face.’
        • ‘She had several ropes of long black beads around her neck which she absent-mindedly played with in her hand, and her thin hair was done up in an elaborate style.’
        • ‘I did my hair up in a high ponytail and went out to have some breakfast.’
        • ‘Finally ready she slipped on some simple slippers and did her hair up in a loose braid, opting to skip any head pieces for now.’
        • ‘Betty was all dressed up in pink, and her hair was done up with fake flowers.’
        • ‘However, we can easily guess his social status from his elaborate coiffure: in the manner of high-ranking men, his hair is done up in a topknot, kept in place by an ornamental hairpin.’
        • ‘Ashley even did my hair up in a chignon with hair falling to the sides of my face.’
        • ‘Rosalie looked very relaxed and content and was wearing a blue summer halter dress and her hair was done up in a loose chignon.’
        • ‘The dress went down midway past her knees, and her hair was done up in a complex braid.’
      2. 1.2Wrap something up.
        ‘unwieldy packs all done up with string’
        • ‘She arrived one snowy day with a shapeless parcel done up in tissue-paper.’
        • ‘She held out a brightly wrapped package done up with gold ribbon and a sparkling golden bow.’
        • ‘The shopkeeper did up the parcel, handed it me across the counter, took the half-dollar coin I gave him, and I left the shop.’
    • 2Renovate or redecorate a room or building.

      ‘Mrs Hamilton did the place up for letting’
      • ‘Greenwood has bought a small village house that needs doing up.’
      • ‘After spending a lot of money doing up our house, we decided to remortgage.’
      • ‘For the past fortnight, some builders have been doing up the flat next door.’
      • ‘People here are also spending more than most other parts of the country on doing up their homes.’
      • ‘Tony did building work on houses his father had bought and was doing up to sell on, but he also worked for other construction companies.’
      • ‘We were now living in a house that was a building site, with no money to do it up.’
      • ‘There has been an explosion of local landscaping and building contractors who are making a very good living from doing up these estates.’
      • ‘They claim to have spent about £115,000 doing up the flat.’
      • ‘I put more than £20,000 of my own capital into buying and doing up a place in Fulham, but I sold it too soon to recoup the outlay, just a year later.’
      • ‘‘We have put so much into doing up this place,’ said Paula, a health visitor.’
      renovate, refurbish, refit, restore, redecorate, decorate, revamp, make over, modernize, improve, spruce up, smarten up, brighten up, prettify, enhance
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  • do with

    • 1with modalWould find useful or would like to have or do.

      ‘I could do with a cup of coffee’
      • ‘Though I could possibly have done with it being in Mayfair, I may have been all of about two minutes less late.’
      • ‘I could do with a break before the exams begin in late May.’
      • ‘I could have really done with a team of flying reindeer and a sleigh tonight, to shift me from London to Glasgow.’
      • ‘Kingsley was a tall, dark, wiry man with messy grey hair that looked as if it could do with a wash.’
      • ‘Much of our architecture could do with a splash of luxury.’
      1. 1.1British Be unwilling to tolerate or be bothered with.
        ‘she couldn't be doing with meals for one’
        • ‘I just think that's so desperately boring and I can't be doing with that.’
        • ‘And I couldn't be doing with all that hierarchy, ‘Yes, Chef’, ‘No, Chef’.’
        • ‘And I can't be doing with trying to achieve the wow factor on a budget.’
        • ‘I can't be doing with all that pomp and ceremony.’
        • ‘I can't be doing with all that faffing about in the kitchen.’
        • ‘I can't be doing with all the big parties and all that rubbish.’
        • ‘He often records versions of traditional tunes on his records, but can't be doing with the stuffiness some folksters exude.’
        • ‘I can't be doing with thinking about Christmas yet.’
        • ‘No, I can't be doing with these sudden blasts of heat.’
        • ‘I can't be doing with all these patches and strips of neatly cut grass.’
  • do without

    • 1with modalManage without.

      ‘she could do without food for a day’
      • ‘She had tried, unsuccessfully, to give up the habit on several occasions; the best she had achieved was doing without cigarettes for a couple of weeks at a time.’
      • ‘What is the one organic food or drink product you can't do without?’
      • ‘This story goes a little further because the couple says that they actually enjoy their sacrifices, speaking as though saving money and doing without things like a DVD player and cell phone are part of an enjoyable game.’
      • ‘Try doing without cigs, booze and satellite TV, then the children would have fresh veg, meat and warm clothing for winter.’
      • ‘The rest of the crew had set off from San Francisco around the same time as us but were manfully doing without sleep and so were around 10 hours ahead of us.’
      • ‘Twenty-one percent did without food to try to pay their bills.’
      • ‘She does without herbicides as well, preferring to weed by hand.’
      • ‘A crucifying mortgage bill can be avoided if you decide to wait and do without your dream home for a few years.’
      • ‘Space has to be found for everything, even if it means the principal does without an office, a desk or even a seat.’
      • ‘I explained that doing without food was the key element here.’
      forgo, dispense with, abstain from, refrain from, eschew, give up, renounce, forswear, swear off, keep off, keep away from, manage without
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      1. 1.1informal Would prefer not to have.
        ‘I can do without your carping first thing in the morning’
        • ‘I could do without the occasional looks of pity I've had from them.’
        • ‘I had become so unreliable, unpredictable and frankly, an embarrassment they could do without.’
        • ‘Determined to make a go of their new life, they decide that women are a distraction they can do without and swear off them for three years.’
        • ‘I'm sure he can do without the extra humiliation.’
        • ‘Although from my point of view as a manager, this is something I could do without, full stop.’

Origin

Old English dōn, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch doen and German tun, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek tithēmi ‘I place’ and Latin facere ‘make, do’.

Pronunciation

do

/duː/

Main definitions of do in English

: do1do2

do2

noun

  • variant spelling of doh

Pronunciation

do

/dəʊ/