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do something/anything about

To take some action to change or cope with something. Can you please do something about your attitude? Your grumpiness is becoming a problem. Ugh, it seems like we can't do anything about the noise—the construction will be going on for at least another month.
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do (something) about

someone or something to manage or deal with someone or something. Can you please do something about Bob? He is too noisy. We were not able to do anything about the excessive rent increase.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There are many citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who are gifted to write, but who are not doing anything about it.
If they were not seen to be doing anything about it, Mr Short would probably be writing in to complain about the drug dealers that he saw on the street corner when he was on his way home from his night out and why were the police not doing anything about it.
"And thus," says Hamlet, "the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought." He is berating himself for not doing anything about his father's murder when his soliloquy is interrupted by his virginal female foil, the dutiful daughter and future suicide.
He may have trouble doing anything about it in the state legislature, though.
And we also have a number of drowsy companies who just haven't gotten around to doing anything about improving their corporate governance programs yet.
The inference behind the legislation is that the industry is not doing anything about recycling, so the government will force them to do the right thing.