noun[in singular] • informal
- A commotion or fuss: he ignored the to-do in the hallMore 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.
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.