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a rum do

dated An odd, strange, or surprising occurrence, situation, or turn of events, especially one that might be considered somewhat disreputable or distasteful. Primarily heard in UK. A young man taking a wife so much older than himself? My word, what a rum do that is! Well, this is a rum do, if I've ever seen one. The kitchen porter has just been made the head chef! You saw a lady in the professor's private chambers? Indeed, that's quite a rum do.
See also: rum

big to-do

A very large commotion, bustle, or fuss. I've never understood why everyone makes such a big to-do over the Super Bowl each year. Look, I don't want a big to-do or anything when I leave. Just a small get-together with some friends is enough for me. The politician's tax scandal was a big to-do during the week, but, as usual, it had blown over after a couple of days.
See also: big


1. noun, slang A hairstyle. From "hairdo." I love your new do! What salon do you go to? I need a new do—any suggestions?
2. noun A party or similarly festive event. I know Sally's having some big do this weekend, but I just feel like staying home and relaxing.
3. verb, vulgar slang To have sex with someone. It's pretty obvious that you want to do Kayla, so you might as well just come out with it.

do's and don'ts

The general rules and regulations of a given activity, operation, or situation. Before you begin your first day working for us, there are a few important do's and don'ts that I need to familiarize you with. Tom doesn't understand the basic do's and don'ts of social etiquette.
See also: and

fair do's

A phrase used when one is emphasizing their belief that something is fair. Come on, you need to watch the kids tonight because I do it all the time—fair do's.
See also: fair

give (one's) left nut to (do something)

vulgar slang A figurative phrase that highlights one's intense eagerness to do something. "Left nut" means one's left testicle. A: "I'm scored tickets the concert on Saturday!" B: "Aw man, I would give my left nut to go to that!" I would give my left nut to be in a more exciting profession than this. I knew I should have become an astronaut.
See also: give, left, nut, to
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 (one's) duty
1. . to do one's job; to do what is expected of one. Please don't thank me. I'm just doing my duty. Soldiers who fight in wars are doing their duty.
2. Euph. to defecate or urinate. We're not leaving this restroom until you do your duty. She did her duty in the potty, just like a big girl!

do someone (down)

Rur. to treat someone badly. I ain't speaking to Mary. Not after the way she did me down.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

do's and don'ts

Rules or customs concerning some activity, as in It's important to know the do's and don'ts of diplomatic receptions. This expression alludes to what one should and should not do or say. [c. 1900]
See also: and
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the dos and don'ts

COMMON The dos and don'ts of a particular situation are the things you should and should not do in that situation. Disasters can be avoided if a few general dos and don'ts are considered. The publisher produces a detailed booklet and cassette tape full of dos and don'ts for aspiring authors.
See also: and, DOS
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

dos and don'ts

rules of behaviour.
1999 Alumnus Volunteers are prepared well on…cultural dos and don'ts before they leave for the field to serve.
See also: and, DOS

fair dos

used to request just treatment or to accept that it has been given. British informal
See also: DOS, fair
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do’s and ˈdon’ts

(informal) what to do and what not to do; rules: This book is a useful guide to the do’s and don’ts of choosing and buying your first car.
See also: and
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1. n. a party; a social event. I’m having a do for a friend this weekend. Would you like to come?
2. tv. & in. to use a drug or drugs in general. (see also do a line, do drugs.) Taylor never stopped doing. She just switched from dust to splash.
3. and doo n. a hairdo. I can’t go out in this rain and get my doo wet!
4. Go to (must) do.
5. in. to serve (a purpose) well. (Usually with will or won’t.) This will do quite nicely.
6. Go to doo-doo.
7. tv. to copulate [with] someone. (Usually objectionable.) He did Martha, then he did Sue, then he did Gloria.

do’s and don’ts

n. the rules; the things that should be done and those that should not be done. I must admit that a lot of the do’s and don’ts don’t make much sense to me either.
See also: and
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.


/turn the trick
To bring about the desired result.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

do's and don'ts

Rules about what one should and shouldn’t do or say in certain situations. One of the earliest uses of this term appeared in 1902 as the title of a book, Golf Do’s and Don’ts. It rapidly spread into numerous other contexts, as in “Her big sister was about to tell her the do’s and don’ts of a first date.” It has been a cliché for decades.
See also: and
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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