Definition of do a — in English:

do a —

phrase

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

    ‘he did a Garbo after his flop in the play’
    • ‘People will naturally say, ‘Ah, motor racing, money, TV - it's a money-spinning exercise; he's doing a Simon Cowell’.’
    • ‘Anyway, old Neb thought he was the greatest wonder of the world, especially after doing an Alan Titchmarsh on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.’
    • ‘So without doing a Walt Whitman, I'm now going to self-refer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyway, surely, if he wanted to make it truly dramatic, he should have tried doing a Richard Hannay and hanging off the clock hands.’
    • ‘I thought Knight was doing an Anastacia as this album opened to the rock-tinged tune of her latest single Come As You Are.’
    • ‘I am not doing an Arsene Wenger, but I did not see the incident that led to his first booking.’
    • ‘He was caught on camera doing a Vinny Jones on St Mirren striker Mark Yardley.’
    • ‘I am not doing a Germaine Greer or Betty Friedan.’