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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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A source reveals: " ARR and Dido have shared a very good rapport and Rahman has been very impressed by her work, especially her singles.
Virgil's account of Dido in the first four books of the Aeneid was employed by Shakespeare as a prototype for visual diminution because in that story, Aeneas is imagined sailing far away from her, and, after her suicide by the sword, looking back upon her funeral pyre.
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Dido said: 'Everyone would ask what the funny smell was.
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Dido was to be one of the biggest stars at the event at London's Earls Court on February 17 and is widely expected to win the Brit award for best female.
Yamada then goes on to show how the "young dramatist" tends to "veil new humanist materials or influential sources" (49) in his next two chapters, both offering fresh material, especially on the court comedies of Lyly in Dido and on emblem literature in the Tamburlaine plays, The Jew, and Edward II.
Alternately free-floating and rigorously controlled, Sweete's direction of Dido and Aeneas respects the classical verities of Purcell's music while engaging in a dialogue with Morris's brilliant choreography.
What can Virgil's Dido tell us about Imperial Rome?
Marilynn Desmond's reading of the medieval Dido is a troubling one, and it strives to be so.
BOSTON -- The Boston Early Music Festival presents the third annual installment of its Chamber Opera Series, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas , on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8pm and Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3pm at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street in Boston, MA).
And that's something which brings a smile to the lips of Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong - Dido to you and me.
But it was a warm but medium-sized audience at the Theatre Royal which welcomed Lesley Garrett to perform a one-woman 20th Century piece by French Composer Poulenc and also a production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, a 17th Century work.