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perform (something) on (someone or something)

To begin and bring to completion some kind of procedure or activity focused on someone or something. I won't have anything to drink, thanks—I'm performing open-heart surgery on one of my patients tomorrow. He was arrested for performing experiments on animals. We've performed an exhaustive scan on your computer, but we couldn't find any malicious software.
See also: on, perform

perform miracles

To achieve extraordinary results, especially in trying to improve a situation. The therapist we hired has performed miracles with Johnny's behavioral issues. If we're going to bring this company back to its former glory, we'll need a marketing team that can perform miracles.
See also: miracle, perform
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*old warhorse

a performance piece that is performed often. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; perform ~; play ~.) The symphony orchestra played a few old warhorses and then some ghastly contemporary stuff that will never again see the light of day.
See also: old, warhorse

perform something on someone or something

to do something to someone or something; to carry out a procedure on someone or something. The surgeon performed a simple office procedure on the patient. Do you expect me to perform magic on this problem?
See also: on, perform
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

do/perform/stage a disapˈpearing/ˈvanishing act

(informal) go away or be impossible to find when people need or want you: Ian always does a disappearing act when it’s time to wash the dishes.This refers to a magic trick done by a magician in which they make themselves or another person disappear.
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'It is not true that artistes such as Vee and Charma Gal were denied an opportunity to perform at ministry functions because they refused to perform at the Tonota Remmogo festival,' he added.
Similarly the teachers performing their duties during examinations of first year would not be allowed to perform such duty during second year examinations.
Sweden - "If I Were Sorry" performed by Frans
As a collaborative artist she has appeared in song recitals with Ingemar Korjus, Rosemarie Landry, Janet Stubbs and Catherine Robbin, and in chamber music concerts with Andrew Dawes, with whom she has recorded and performed the complete Beethoven Sonata cycle, Martin Beaver and many others.
The length of time necessary to perform this brick-level backup is four to eight times the time it takes to perform a full backup.
Lastly, rather than enumerating specific types of procedures, thus appearing to limit what the auditor should perform, the standard calls for the performance of "audit procedures" in the gathering of "appropriate audit evidence."
Improving land and painting real estate improvements are construction activities, but only if performed in connection with other activities deemed construction activities, whether or not performed by the same taxpayer.
If you perform the audit according to both PCAOB standards and GAAS, don't be timid about collecting appropriate fees for the additional work and risk.
The mill trial indicated that first pass ash retention had increased while maintaining good machine drainage, justifying conversion to the PerForm SP9232 technology.
And are we working aggressively to try to be even more effective in executing our audits and performing additional procedures the marketplace wants performed? I would say "absolutely."
Although she continued to manage her chiropractic business, Hangarter could no longer perform adjustments, so she hired other chiropractors to treat her patients and filed a claim for disability benefits.
However, when the clinician needs to perform a more detailed evaluation (e.g., examination of the lower trachea and distal airways), additional anesthesia is necessary.
The third benchmark, the NPF IP Forwarding, was performed by NP-1c using very large routing tables, two orders of magnitude larger than those used by the only other 10-Gigabit network processor to perform this benchmark.
How do you know the staff who arrive at camp are qualified to perform the duties you are requiring of them?
In developing grip strength, we perform exercises as wide and varied as burying our hands and wrists into buckets of sand and flexing and extending the fingers, to squeezing handballs or tennis balls in between sets of our regular workouts.