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cut a dido

To play a mischievous trick. The name possibly refers to Queen Dido, founder of Carthage, who asked the natives for as much land as could be covered by a bull's hide. She then cut the hide into thin strips to gain more land. Billy cut a dido today when he pulled my chair out from under me when I went to sit down.
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cut didoes

perform mischievous tricks or deeds. North American informal
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phr. dreck in, dreck out; garbage in, garbage out. (see also GIGO.) Look at this stuff that the printer put out. What is it? Oh, well. DIDO.
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