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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.
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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]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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