do the deed

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do the deed

1. To perform or undertake any given action, usually implied to be unpleasant, unsavory, or illegal. I couldn't stand the idea of watching them put down my pet dog, so John went alone to do the deed. The mob boss waited to hear whether the assassin he'd hired had done the deed.
2. slang To have sex. Teenagers are under a huge amount of pressure from their peers to do the deed before they feel ready or really want to.
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Or perhaps I did the deed in a fit of despair (though it may be foolish of me to think so)?
I neither did the deed nor saw it done, Nor were it just that I should come to harm.
We challenged each The ordeal, or to handle red-hot iron, Or pass through fire, affirming on our oath Our innocence--we neither did the deed Ourselves, nor know who did or compassed it.
ISMENE I did the deed, if she will have it so, And with my sister claim to share the guilt.
ANTIGONE Who did the deed the under-world knows well: A friend in word is never friend of mine.