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1‘the doing of the act constitutes the offence’
performance, performing, carrying out, effecting, execution, implementation, implementing, bringing off, discharge, discharging, achievement, accomplishment, realization, completion, completing
informal pulling off
2‘he gave a brief account of his doings in Paris’
exploit, activity, act, action, undertaking, deed, feat, endeavour, work, venture, enterprise, achievement, accomplishment
performance, behaviour, conduct
3‘it would take some doing to diffuse the situation’
effort, exertion, work, hard work, application, labour, toil, struggle, strain
informal elbow grease
4doings‘he looked into the drawer where he kept the doings’
whatsit, whatnot, doofer, thingummy, thingamajig, thingamabob, what's-its-name, what-d'you-call-it, oojamaflip, oojah, gizmo
doobry, doodah, gubbins
North American doodad, doohickey, doojigger, dingus, hootenanny
NZ Australian thingo
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