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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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The Aeneas of Dido, Queen of Carthage is unassertive, irresolute, and easily manipulated by the gods.
When Dido offers to repair his fleet if he agrees to stay with her, Aeneas seems to consent to the deal by his silent acquiescence.
In fact, Dido, Queen of Carthage offers a surprisingly balanced, unprejudiced attitude toward Africa and an understanding of and empathy for Dido's complex subject position as a Phoenician female ruler of an African city-state.
n MAC Productions and Sampad present Dido and Aeneas at the MAC Arena, Cannon Hill Park, from Thursday until Sunday at 8.
Dancers Shane Shambhu and Sonia Sabri dance the title roles in Dido and Aeneas
Although the pile of logs that he will build reminds us of the pyre built for Didos end, he and Miranda will turn away from the tragic.
While Adrian believes Tunis has never been graced by such a queen as Claribel, Gonzalo corrects this by saying, "Not since widow Didos time," and Antonio reacts oddly: "Widow
Gonzalo's narrative of an Edenic isle is a story of the founding of a society, which echoes Didos founding of Carthage.
Dido in the Aeneid is a fascinating character, a wise and respectable ruler of a great civilization.
When Book 4 opens, Dido can "get no peace from love's disquiet" (Aen.
When Aeneas decides to leave, Dido is described as "raving / Like some Bacchante driven wild" (Aen.
El corpus escogido se debe a la particularidad de la epistola al presentar la expresion pasional de Dido como un mecanismo retorico, algo que no acontece de la misma manera en el antecedente virgiliano.
En el caso de Dido, el proposito de esta prueba retorica es suscitar la compasion en Eneas.
La version historica de Dido en los versos de Ercilla
Se trata de un pasaje breve, pero que dara pie inmediatamente a la introduccion de Dido, que surge de los comentarios de Ercilla acerca de la fidelidad de las araucanas, tan loable como el firme amor de la reina de Cartago por su fallecido esposo (21), cuestionado por uno de sus companeros de armas: