Definition of doing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈduːɪŋ/


1 (usually doings) The activities in which a particular person engages: the latest doings of television stars
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  • While the doings of ‘private contractors’ still pop up in articles about prisoner abuse, what such mercenary outfits are up to on the home front is hardly ever mentioned.
  • Governments should not grant marriage licenses, or otherwise keep record of their citizens' private doings.
  • Well, it's wonderful the way in which the doings of American royalty are getting mixed on the show with those of British royalty.
informal pulling off
archaic acquittal
(doings) performance, behaviour, conduct;
informal caper
1.1 informal Excrement, especially that of a domestic animal: it is my duty to clear up the guard dog’s doings
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  • I look forward to seeing him telling these outside contractors to stop serving warmed-over mechanically recovered chicken's doings and start serving decent food.
1.2 [in singular] informal A beating or scolding: someone had given her a doing
2 (doings) [treated as singular or plural] informal Used to refer to things when one has forgotten their name or when no one word easily covers them: the drawer where he kept the doings
thing, whatever it is (called)
British informal doobry, doodah, gubbins
North American informal doodad, doohickey, doojigger, dingus, hootenanny
Australian/New Zealand informal thingo



be someone's doing

Be the creation or fault of the person named: he looked at Lisa as though it was all her doing
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  • Carving them had been her brilliant idea, but the practical aspect as well as the definite creation had been my doing.
  • I know you are wondering why your middle name is Sophie and you were told that was Julian's doing.
  • The second and third times were her doing, so I can hardly regret those.

take some doing

Be difficult to achieve: it would take some doing to calm him down
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  • The reopening was achieved, which took some doing, and the infrastructure has been improved.
  • ‘There were no pictures there that our mainstream audience could find offensive, which took some doing,’ he says.
  • This took some doing, I don't mind saying, as there were three of us who ‘shared’ the computer.
effort, exertion, work, hard work, application, labour, toil, struggle, strain;
informal elbow grease
literary travail

Words that rhyme with doing

bluing, misdoing

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