verb (does /dʌz/; doing; past did /dɪd/; past participle done /dʌn/)
- If Amy wasn't with us we'd have probably done something but she was our excuse for not doing so.
- When the riot squad did move, it was so fast and so precise nothing could be done.
- I really didn't know what I was doing.
- It was really strange, because one moment she was just cooking and doing the chores at home, and the next moment she was on telly.
- She says that more and more, charities end up doing the tasks the state is supposed to look after.
- After each task, the teams swapped over their mode of transport and did the tasks all over again.
- I'm going to get my hair done a bit more often and go for facials and pamper myself a bit more.
- I had my hair and make-up done by professionals, was taught how to walk on a catwalk and got to model three outfits.
- I don't like people touching my hair, doing my make-up or telling me what to wear.
- The bar does meals, which looked filling, and the view over the bay is great!
- We are now doing a three-course Sunday lunch for £9.95.
- Does anyone know of a central Manhattan hotel which does family rooms?
- Again, multiply the two together and you'll see how the sums have been done.
- It may be that you'll need to reassess your choices once you've done some more detailed sums.
- After doing some hard financial sums, I left the day job to chase a few dreams.
- When the burger and onions are almost done, toast the bread on the grill or in a toaster.
- When those are both done, add the pasta to the bacon, and mix for a bit, then add the cream until it's all warm.
- She handed him a towel and the phone, and then left to make sure her food was doing okay.
- However, doing a PhD requires a high level of emotional management both within and outwith the field.
- In what sense are we required to follow the canons of correct reasoning when doing mathematics?
- I am doing the most demanding degree, but I could maybe take a year out.
- I thought it was a really compelling one and probably for the same reason I like doing Shakespeare plays.
- At present we are doing a modern Russian play and another straight from New York.
- As most of you know, our school has traditionally done Shakespeare passages for our Recitations.
- He does a great Elvis and my guests just loved him.
- If you ask me, he does Rolf Harris better than Rolf Harris does himself!
- No one can do the Queen like you! I have found myself enthralled watching your portrayal of her.
- She would be there doing heroin and I started off by just having a line on the foil.
- See if anyone else is having doubts that all the drugs they've done really were spiritual.
- I've done enough drugs over the years to know what it's like.
- If your employees do not do another customer in between, the time would be booked as 120 minutes or two hours straight time.
- He said he could do me after he finished the one he was doing, but I said no thanks. Ill wait until tomorrow.
- A guy came in to get his lip pierced and Robbie asked if he could do him first and I told him it was no problem.
- I like to do it in the morning.
- I hit 16, went to college and one of the guys in my class said that he reckoned I was great in the sack and asked me to 'do it' with him behind the bike sheds.
- By now it is believed to have done the highest mileage of any comparable plane still in service.
- I rode 5 miles yesterday, and did 12 miles today, and already feel better mentally and physically than I have in a few years.
- The car does about 35-40 miles to the gallon.
- He maintains he was doing the speed limit and had no time to react.
- The speed a car is doing is only one element which affects the safety of road users.
- Furthermore what if you were told that had they been doing the speed limit, they could have survived?
- The journey has been done once before, by a Frenchman in 132 days just under ten years ago.
- In the seven years I've been doing that journey, I'm thinking that takes my total to five.
- I did London to Paris for charity last year.
- The area can be very crowded with surfers and tourists doing Land's End.
- We did the Eiffel Tower on Friday because we figured the queues would be shorter than on Saturday or Sunday.
- If you are in New York, you really have to do the Empire State Building!
- I ended up back in prison doing fifteen months for handling stolen goods.
- He had done five years for housebreaking.
- He did 25 years in the Air Force.
- It is finished, all done, and not able to be processed because of funding issues at this point of time.
- Once Varla was done she pulled out some cream and told Amy to apply it to her face.
- She is up packing our stuff right now and she should be done within five minutes or so.
- These people should get some sort of satisfaction when the day is done.
- The working week is done and we're more than up for cocktail fun.
- This is the signal that the night is done, and that the sun is coming up.
- Can you honestly say that, once the back-slapping and drinks all round were done with, you would be completely overjoyed on his behalf?
- We need some new scandal and controversy now that that one is done with (until next year).
- Now that my only wedding of the summer is done with, I'm wondering how to get myself on the guest list.
- He said his client admitted he had done wrong and would behave differently if he had his time again.
- He is used to doing as he pleases and takes notice of nobody.
- It's cold and wet out there so I think all are just as happy to be here and doing as we please.
- It will obviously all hinge on how well we are doing as the game progresses.
- I convinced myself I'd done incredibly badly, snapped at everyone in sight and was no fun at all.
- He has just been doing his A levels and he thinks he has done really badly.
- The rapid expansion in 90-92, combined with the recession, did a lot of harm financially, and the company finally went bankrupt.
- There's a lot of things that have to be put right because the recession did a lot of damage.
- This storm obviously did quite a bit of damage to area homes, businesses and vehicles.
- It's not what I would have hoped for, but it'll have to do.
- ‘This sweater will do me fine,’ I answered, and I shut the door behind me
- I'm looking for someone to blame my feelings on and you'll do.
- A rocky ledge, we decide, will do fine as a lunch spot.
- Any piece of paper slipped between two pages would do as a bookmark, but origami bookmarks are stylish and will distinguish you apart from the rest.
- I do my warm-up set, then add a little bit more weight and I'm completely done after about 4 reps.
- He did not enter the majors until he was 28 and he was done by the time he was 37.
- My body said, ‘Okay, you're done,’ and I just fell apart.
- Oh - and if you ever bought this spam filter to get rid of the nasties on your computer, you were apparently done.
- How could some of Australia's biggest and shrewdest media outlets get done so badly.
- It was only after travelling to Amsterdam and meeting the fraudsters that she became suspicious and contacted police, who told her: ‘Sorry, but you've been done.’
- Today, we're finding out what life is like for a sportsperson after getting done for drugs.
- All this fun resulted in Donovan becoming the first pop star to be done for marijuana possession.
- I knew I had been done - the blinding flash of the fixed speed camera in Higher Wheelton gave it away.
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- Mum got back from holiday and said the house was so clean it didn't feel lived in.
- This man noted in his diary that he did not usually lose his temper with servants.
- The pain is usually felt on both sides may come on suddenly or gradually, and does not usually occur every day.
- Yes, it does seem impossible that my cat could sleep more than he already does, but it is true.
- Looks like he's going to be spending even more time on the bench than he does already.
- This is going to affect myself and other residents even more than it does already.
- He did seem very tired in the bath though so I think we might need to work on his stamina.
- The film has a positive message because Bella does find friendship and love.
- In the final act, the film does deliver a few surprises, but by that point it's far too late.
- Rarely does a new Ring cycle begin with such confidence and lucidity, on stage and in the pit.
- He first searches to find where Josh is up to and only then does he begin to teach.
- Only at the turn of this year did he begin to secure headlines with his mouth shut.
noun (plural dos or do's)Back to top
- Such social dos are more or less confined to the well to do and the upwardly mobile class of young professionals.
- She is a much sought after figure to grace social dos and functions even at the age of 80.
- We often have do's, birthday parties, anniversary's, and I'm nearly 96.
- It is no wonder that the team is such a stinking pile of doo.
- Will somebody who puts the doo in a plastic bag, then ties it to a tree or leaves it on the side of a path, explain the logic behind that to me?
- Save the Bay—don't let Maryland drown in chicken doo!
be nothing to do with
- Be no business or concern of: it’s my decision—it’s nothing to do with youMore example sentences
be unconnected with, be unrelated to;be irrelevant to, be extraneous to, be inapplicable to, be inapposite to, be extrinsic torare be malapropos of
- This is our concern alone, this is nothing to do with you!
- As a businessman himself, he should obviously be able to draw the distinction between running a successful business for commercial gain and getting involved in something that is nothing to do with him.
- Striker Andy Gray said: ‘We've got to do the business on the pitch, what goes on off it is nothing to do with us.’
- 1.1Be unconnected with: he says his departure is nothing to do with the resignation callsMore example sentences
- The girl was nothing to do with what was going on, a completely innocent bystander hit by a stray bullet.
- It is nothing to do with how fast you run, the power comes from the shoulders.
- The reason it didn't work was nothing to do with how I looked, we just weren't right for each other.
be to do with
- Be concerned or connected with: the problems are usually to do with family tensionMore example sentences
- I could tell that part of the silence was to do with how much weight I had lost.
- Half the complaints received were to do with community care, 44 per cent children and families and the remaining of six per cent within other areas of the department.
- The only thing that made me really unhappy in the period afterwards, where I actually got emotional, was to do with the kids.
do a ——
- informal Behave in a manner characteristic of (a specified person): he did a Garbo after his flop in the playMore example sentences
- I am not doing an Arsene Wenger, but I did not see the incident that led to his first booking.
- Anyway, old Neb thought he was the greatest wonder of the world, especially after doing an Alan Titchmarsh on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
- I thought Knight was doing an Anastacia as this album opened to the rock-tinged tune of her latest single Come As You Are.
- Enter into a conflict: they are about to do battle with Canada’s retail food industry I was ready and eager to do battleMore example sentences
- On the day of the storm, linemen and other employees put in a regular eight-hour workday, then prepared to do battle.
- It was inevitable that the two opposing armies would do battle, but how could they fight each other while a more pressing engagement was afoot?
- Religion has to accommodate science and not do battle against it.
don't —— me
- informal Do not use the word —— to me: ‘Don’t morning me. Where the hell’ve you been all night?’More example sentences
- ‘Don't hello me,’ I reply, ‘You think that you can slander me in the paper and then act as though everything is ok?’
- ‘Whatever, Mindy… whatever,’ he muttered. ‘No, don't whatever me! I want to know the truth!’
- Don't sorry me, go down and apologize.
- [in imperative] Northern English informal Go away: look, just do one, will you!More example sentences
- Why don't you just do one. You're a waste of time.
- So do me a favour and go do one.
do or die
- Persist, even if death is the result: a grim determination to do or dieMore example sentences
- They are Indian companies with not so much of a global market or mindshare, but with a determination to do or die.
- He seemed determined to do or die on the last day of combat.
- This was how to live, on the edge, ready to do or die, with no safety rope to haul you back in.
- 7.1Used to describe a critical situation where one’s actions may result in victory or defeat: the 72nd hole was do or dieMore example sentences
- ‘At this point it's basically a do or die situation as we are right on the edge of making play-offs,’ explained Paul.
- Yes, it was important, but not a do or die situation, as is portrayed by the president's political rivals.
- Every game is a must-win situation, creating a do or die atmosphere with each contest.
dos and don'ts
- Rules of behaviour: I have no knowledge of the political dos and don’tsMore example sentences
- Here are some dos and don'ts once you land in the U.S.
- As part of this programme, hostel cooks were taught the dos and don'ts of purchasing vegetables, serving food, preserving food and raw material.
- However, we are happy to explain the dos and don'ts to anybody who wants guidance.
do well for oneself
- Become successful or wealthy: her friend had done well for herself since she’d moved to LondonMore example sentences
- It has managed to do well for itself over the years, and today continues to seek new strategic partners.
- Willy insisted that because Bernard was not well liked, he would not do well for himself when he grew up.
- I wanted to do well for myself and for my parents who did not have the opportunity to attend college.
do well out of
- Make a profit out of; benefit from: they’re doing well out of scrap metalMore example sentences
- You only have to look at the recent profit results of resources companies to realise Australia is doing well out of the commodities boom.
- Even though we are, by any standards, doing well out of Europe, we have difficulty making the final commitment to the single currency, just as our nerve has failed at every stage in the evolution of post-war Europe.
- The west Midlands campaign, limited so far to the Birmingham elite and chattering classes, has been partly fuelled by a sense that north Wales is doing well out of devolution.
have (got) —— to do with
- Be connected with (someone or something) to the extent specified: John’s got nothing to do with that terrible murderMore example sentences
- This could have something to do with why a lot of people don't see any importance in marriage.
- I used to be in the Forces for five years and that might have something to do with how calm I was.
- Perhaps this has something to do with why I failed as an architecture student.
- (have nothing to do with)11.1 Have no contact or dealings with: Billy and his father have had nothing to do with each other for nearly twenty yearsMore example sentences
- The funny thing is, he left a pregnant girl in New Zealand and will have nothing to do with the child he fathered.
- If the father wants to have nothing to do with the baby then he may or may not mind the mother having an abortion.
- It is a sweet tale of a boy in love with a girl whose father will let her have nothing to do with him.
it isn't done
- British Used to express the opinion that a particular thing contravenes custom or propriety: in such a society it is not done to admit to taking religion seriouslyMore example sentences
- When you're pulling in $20 million a movie, it isn't done to ask exactly how long you spent in architecture school!
- But someone should tell him that it isn't done to talk about one's son as one would about a prized racehorse at a stud farm.
- It isn't done to speak ill of the dead.
it won't do
- British Used to express the opinion that a particular person’s behaviour is unsatisfactory and cannot be allowed to continue: Can’t have that kind of talk—I’ve told you before, it won’t doMore example sentences
- I know that I am still recovering from fatigue, but I can use tiredness as an excuse and that just will not do.
- It simply will not do for an elected government to fob people off with clichés and half truths.
no you don't!
- informal Used to indicate that one intends to prevent someone from doing what they were about to do: Sharon went to get in the taxi. ‘Oh no you do’n’t, said SteveMore example sentences
- No you don't lad. Let William and Jack go after them.
- ‘Oh no you don't!’ I shouted, jumping for the door before he could.
that does it!
- informal Used to indicate that one will not tolerate a particular thing any longer: That does it! Let’s go!More example sentences
- ‘Well, that does it!’ Tyler said. He brushed past Josh and out of the room.
- I was already deciding whether to unlock the door or not, but that does it! I'll stay here until it kills me, do you hear?
- All right, that does it! I want to know what's behind that door.
that's done it!
do away with informal
- Put an end to; remove: the desire to do away with racismMore example sentences
abolish, quash, get rid of, discard, remove, eliminate, discontinue, cancel, stop, end, terminate, put an end to, put a stop to, call a halt to, dispense with, drop, abandon, give upinformal bin, scrap, ditch, dump, axe, cut out, pack in, get shut of, pull the plug on, knock something on the head, give something the chopBritish informal get shot of
- If there are scratches, you can use polish cleaner and scratch remover to do away with them.
- It can take the pressure off Dublin Airport and do away with the necessity for a second terminal at an already overcrowded airport and city.
- Perhaps Leeds City Council should do away with pedestrian crossings and rely on the traffic to stop and allow us to cross the road safely.
- 1.1Kill: he didn’t have the courage to do away with herMore example sentences
- Without further ado the king hires an assassin to do away with him, solving all sorts of problems in one deathly stroke.
- While awaiting trial, many accused murderers do away with themselves by hanging.
- He is set to harm the young lady whom you shelter, and do away with all those who hold her in their hearts, be they kith or kin.
- dated Treat or deal with in a specified way: do as you would be done by she did well by themMore example sentences
- If he had done badly by her he knows I'd put his teeth halfway down his throat.
- Then he began to have a faint inkling that he was being treated leniently, and to think that they had done kindly by him, in not yielding to his wish.
- My mother, bless her soul, had done well by me in making me learn to sew at an early age.
do someone/thing down British informal
- Get the better of someone, typically in an underhand way: if you’re a manager trying to do down a colleague, the best way to do it is to flood them with dataMore example sentences
- Were the Gods contriving to do us down once more on the major stage of a Munster championship day?
- For a while there were rumours of a Labor rat out to do him down.
- He never faced a room full of twenty-first century youngsters who, at best, would rather be at home playing Playstation games and, at worst, were determined to do him down.
- 3.1Criticize someone or something: they’re always moaning and doing British industry downMore example sentences
belittle, disparage, denigrate, run down, deprecate, depreciate, cast aspersions on, discredit, vilify, defame, decry, criticize, abuse, insult, malign;North American slurinformal do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, take apart, pull apart, pick holes in, drag through the mud, have a go at, hit out at, knock, slam, pan, bash, bad-mouth, look down one's nose at
- The magazine's got a cheek to revel in London's victory when it always does its very best to do our city down.
- We don't want to do our country down, but please don't act as if we've got the problems under control.
- They always had faith in him despite the so-called experts who were only willing to do him down.
- informal Defeat, ruin, or kill: without that contract we’re done for it was the cold that did for him in the endMore example sentences
British informal scupperAustralian informal euchrevulgar slang fuck uparchaic bring to naughtkill, cause the death of, take/end the life of, finish offinformal polish off, do in, knock off, take outliterary slay
- That defeat all but did for their already slim chances of progressing.
- ‘Don't worry, they're done for,’ Sean said, his heartbeat starting to slow to normal pace.
- The foolish state of excitement into which I allowed myself to get the other day completely did for me, and I have hardly done anything since.
do something (or nothing) for
- informal Enhance (or detract from) the appearance or quality of: whatever the new forum does for industry, it certainly does something for the Minister that scarf does nothing for youMore example sentences
- It's a color that does nothing for you.
- That hairstyle does nothing for you, Kat.
- Why would she choose to wear such a horrendously unflattering dress? It just does nothing for her.
do someone in informal
- Kill someone: oh my God, she’s done him inMore example sentences
kill, put to death, do to death, put an end to, finish off, take the life of, end the life of, murder, assassinate, execute, slaughter, butcher, wipe out, mow down, shoot down, cut down;informal do away with, bump off, knock off, polish off, top, take out, snuff out, snuff, erase, croak, stiff, zap, blow away, blow someone's brains out, give someone the worksNorth American euphemistic terminate with extreme prejudiceliterary slay
- He tried to have some generals arrested, and some formed a conspiracy to do him in.
- Some young men were setting up their instruments, and as another puff of smoke drifted toward Francesca, she hollered, ‘I'm going to go get some air-this smoke is doing me in!’
- Did you come here to see if I was alright or to finish the job of doing me in?
- (be done in) informal 6.1 Be tired out: there was 1 minute 4 seconds to play and the Lions were done inMore example sentences
- He says that the 2001 Lions were done in by all the travelling and inadequate rest periods: his meticulous planning will prevent a similar fate this time.
- Maybe they would have been done in by a running game that produced a measly 2.9 yards per carry.
- I had hoped she would feel like going with us but she was done in by three days of greater than usual activity.
do something in
- informal Injure something: I did my back in a few years agoMore example sentences
- In March of that year, I did my back in, and for the first time in my life I realised what it meant to be housebound.
- I did my ankle in on the second day and had to go home early.
- I know my dad hated not working when he did his shoulder in.
do someone out of
- informal Deprive someone of (something) in an underhand or unfair way: she was always chasing him about money, as if he was trying to do her out of her shareMore example sentences
- He also alleged that he had been done out of 60 million shares by one of the bank's three largest shareholders.
- The Australian controllers are doing them out of a job.
- He became convinced that other officers were doing him out of his just rewards: the prize money for capturing enemy ships.
do something out
- British informal Decorate or furnish a room or building in a particular style, colour, or material: the basement is done out in limed oakMore example sentences
- It's a steep climb, but worth it: the rooms are done out in an original Indo-Ligurian style and, best of all, both houses share a well-kept terrace garden, sandwiched between the castle and the crashing waves below.
- The whole place is done out in an Egyptian style.
- She was told it was a girl, bought all pink, did the room out in pink and had a boy.
do someone over
- British informal Beat someone up: let’s do them over and dump them somewhereMore example sentences
- With some people, if they get cross they make a threat and say they'll punch you or do you over if you do it again.
- ‘She looked like she had been done over by Mike Tyson,’ added Caroline.
- I've realised with a certain sort of delight that I'm now so old that nobody can earn any sort of reputation from doing me over.
do something over
- When he arrived back from Geneva last Saturday he found his house had been done over.
- Vandals have also done over his shop.
- My house still looks as if it's been done over by a gang of particularly thorough burglars.
- It was bought about a year ago by an outfit called Country Club Luxury Hotels and has been completely done over.
- She did the house over -- completely, with the exception of the room he'd used for a study.
- I feel like those people on TV getting their houses done over by expensive designers.
- Even simple choices can have huge consequences, and we never get to do things over!
- They saw the dailies, and they came back a couple weeks later, and they said, ‘We'd like to do that scene over, and we'd like you to be more passionate.’
- Though Mary Jane made the artist do the face over, the expression did not improve.
- Be able to be fastened: a shirt so tight that not all of the buttons did upMore example sentences
- I have put on so much weight that my posh dress won't actually do up at the back without making me look like I am a Diana Dors replicant that is carrying triplets
- It is buttoned down the front with five buttons, which also do up the men's way, and which are 10.5 cm apart, centre to centre.
- I have a whole rack of jeans that for some reason do not do up.
do someone up
- Dress someone up, especially in an elaborate or impressive way: Agnes was all done up in a slinky black numberMore example sentences
- She was poked, prodded, and pinned until she was done up in one of the most elaborate gowns she'd ever worn.
- Lizzy and Jane were done up nicely if discreetly.
- ‘You don't look so bad yourself,’ Heather replied, realizing that Martha was done up.
do something up
- Rosalie looked very relaxed and content and was wearing a blue summer halter dress and her hair was done up in a loose chignon.
- I did my hair up in a high ponytail and went out to have some breakfast.
- The dress went down midway past her knees, and her hair was done up in a complex braid.
- She arrived one snowy day with a shapeless parcel done up in tissue-paper.
- The shopkeeper did up the parcel, handed it me across the counter, took the half-dollar coin I gave him, and I left the shop.
- She held out a brightly wrapped package done up with gold ribbon and a sparkling golden bow.
- We were now living in a house that was a building site, with no money to do it up.
- They claim to have spent about £115,000 doing up the flat.
- I put more than £20,000 of my own capital into buying and doing up a place in Fulham, but I sold it too soon to recoup the outlay, just a year later.
- [with modal] Would find useful or would like to have or do: I could do with a cup of coffeeMore example sentences
- Kingsley was a tall, dark, wiry man with messy grey hair that looked as if it could do with a wash.
- I could have really done with a team of flying reindeer and a sleigh tonight, to shift me from London to Glasgow.
- Though I could possibly have done with it being in Mayfair, I may have been all of about two minutes less late.
- (can't/won't be doing with) British 15.1 Be unwilling to tolerate or be bothered with: she couldn’t be doing with meals for oneMore example sentences
- And I couldn't be doing with all that hierarchy, ‘Yes, Chef’, ‘No, Chef’.
- I just think that's so desperately boring and I can't be doing with that.
- I can't be doing with all that pomp and ceremony.
- [with modal] Manage without: she could do without food for a dayMore example sentences
- I explained that doing without food was the key element here.
- Twenty-one percent did without food to try to pay their bills.
- She had tried, unsuccessfully, to give up the habit on several occasions; the best she had achieved was doing without cigarettes for a couple of weeks at a time.
- informal 16.1 Would prefer not to have: I can do without your carping first thing in the morningMore example sentences
- Determined to make a go of their new life, they decide that women are a distraction they can do without and swear off them for three years.
- Although from my point of view as a manager, this is something I could do without, full stop.
- I could do without the occasional looks of pity I've had from them.
doom from Old English:
The ancient root of doom meant ‘to put in place’ and is also the root of do (Old English). By the time that written English records began the emphasis had narrowed to putting law and order in place: the Old English senses of doom include ‘a law, statute’, ‘a judicial decision’, and ‘the right to judge’. In the context of the end of the world, the word ‘judgement’ was not used until the 16th century—before that the usual term for Judgement Day was doomsday (source of the name the Domesday Book for the survey of the land ordered by William the Conqueror in 1085 for tax purposes, because it was the final authority on such things). In the Middle Ages this was also shortened to doom, a use that survives only in the crack of doom. ‘ We're doomed!’ was the catchphrase of the gloomy Scottish undertaker Frazer, played by John Laurie, in the BBC TV comedy Dad's Army ( 1968–77). The 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow popularized gloom and doom, which became a catchphrase when it was made into a film in 1968. The idea seemed appropriate to a world threatened by nuclear war.