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to-do

Line breaks: to-do
Pronunciation: /təˈduː
 
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Definition of to-do in English:

noun

[in singular] informal
A commotion or fuss: he made a great to-do about fetching a cup
More example sentences
  • There also was a bit of a to-do over what constituted a ‘strip cell’.
  • This back and forth happens once or twice more, and then there's a little to-do because the tyke has wet the little pants she is wearing.
  • When they returned to the foyer there had been a bit of a to-do with Oliver.
Synonyms
commotion, fuss, fuss and bother, bother, trouble, ado, disturbance, flurry, excitement, uproar, ferment, tumult, turmoil, hurly-burly, brouhaha, furore, storm, palaver, pantomime, production, hoopla, folderol, hue and cry, bustle, hustle and bustle, pother
informal hoo-ha, hullabaloo, flap, song and dance, business, rumpus, ballyhoo, splash
British informal kerfuffle, carry-on
New Zealand informal bobsy-die

Origin

late 16th century: from to do as in much to do, originally meaning ‘much needing to be done’ but later interpreted as the adjective much and a noun; compare with ado.

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