Green’s Dictionary of Slang

do v.1

1. to attack, lit. or fig.

(a) (also do with) of a man, to copulate with a woman; occas. vice versa.

Bourchier Huon of Burdeux I 155: She is myn owne, therefore I wyll do with her at my pleasure.
[UK]Harman Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 72: This goodman [...] lay down by her, and straight would have had to do with her.
[UK]‘Cambridg Libell’ in May & Bryson Verse Libel 336: Tom Allen rides woynge, / [...] / Some say he hath been Doynge.
[UK]Nashe Have With You to Saffron-Walden in Works III (1883–4) 180: In some Countreys no woman is so honorable as she that hath had to doo with most men, and can giue the lustiest striker oddes by 25 times in one night, as Messalina did.
[UK]Marston Dutch Curtezan III i: Though you can bear more than I, yet I can do well.
R. Daborn Christian turn’d Turke I v: Do a woman to death, and she will bee satisfied, nothing else will.
[UK] ‘A Creature for Feature’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 11: But hie tro lolly lolly, le silly willy cold not doe. / all content with him was spent.
[UK]Ford Fancies III iii: [She] may do well enough for one [...] One! ten, a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand; do beyond arithmetic.
‘The Life and Death of Lord Atherton’ [poem] Some women he did doe in Charitie / And some because they us’d good Cookery.
[UK]Greene & Lodge Lady Alimony IV iii: Little good does that stud without a Stallion [...] Meanly manned, worse appointed, / Who would do if he knew how, / But, alas! he would, but cannot.
[UK] ‘Honest Mens Resolution’ Rump Poems and Songs (1662) II 200: Let’s do ’um like men, quoth Dan, / Let’s fill up their Chincks.
[UK] ‘Canting Song’ Head Canting Academy (1674) 24: This bouncing Trull can finely talk, / She will do for a penny.
[UK]C. Cotton Erotopolis 169: [He] had to do with her but a week since.
[UK]Scoundrel’s Dict. 23: [as cit. a.1674].
[UK]J. Wilkes ‘Universal Prayer’ Essay on Woman 22: Sound, honest Cunts shou’d oft be done.
[UK] ‘Life In London’ Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 15: The second time that John had done, / She fain would have him play her another; / Which made poor John look pale and wan, / And put him in a devil of a pother.
[UK] ‘Stop the Cart!’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 3: ‘Righto!’ cries Giles — ‘the wager’s laid — All is done except the maid.’.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 74: One day I did her on the kitchen table, and several times on the dining room table.
[UK]Sporting Times 1 Feb. 3/1: I was ready to go anywhere and do anything — or anybody.
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 169: I don’t believe this squaddy done ’er at all.
[UK]T. Keyes All Night Stand 29: ‘Do me again,’ said Angela. ‘I love you.’.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 34: He would also like to do the man’s daughter.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 339: He go round there every morning and does be doing she arse off.
[US]J. Lansdale Rumble Tumble 19: [of a woman] Some little chippie in boogie town does a coon and gets ten bucks.
[US]Mad mag. May 45: Female contestants with pouty lips, do-me hair, and big boobs.
[US]T. Dorsey Atomic Lobster 55: Guess I’ll just have to do her.
[UK]J. Niven Kill Your Friends (2009) 22: Nicky is un-doable. You could not do her. She could not be done.
[US]in J. Miller Getting Played 137: [of a woman] ‘I guess he just came to her and asked her, “Is you gon’ do everybody?” or whatever and she said “Yeah”’.
[US]T. Dorsey Riptide Ultra-Glide 142: ‘He picked the blonde in the skimpiest suit [...] I’d do her’.

(b) to defeat.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Do [...] to overcome in a boxing match: witness those laconic lines written on the field of battle, by Humphreys to his patron. — ‘Sir, I have done the Jew.’.
[UK] ‘Modern Dict.’ in Sporting Mag. May XVIII 100/1: [as cit. 1788].
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]D. Haggart Autobiog. 65: I [...] hearkened to him, that we would do the swag cove in a far neater manner.
[UK]Vidocq Memoirs (trans. W. McGinn) III 81: It was he who floored Bailli, Jacquet, and Martinet [...] let me tell you how he did them.
[Ire]S. Lover Handy Andy 162: Did I not do him neatly?
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 9 June 3/2: Done - done - done ‘like a dinner,’ I am.
[UK]G.J. Whyte-Melville Digby Grand (1890) 49: I pull her up [...] conscious that Fancy Jack has done me by a short half-length.
[UK]Dickens Our Mutual Friend (1994) 173: By the lord, he’s done me!
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 15 Dec. 251: God perish me blind I will wait on your brother all night till I catch him, and if I do not do him in two rounds, may I never put my hands up again.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) I 172: At each failure she laughed and said, ‘Done again’.
[UK]Sporting Times 8 Mar. 2/1: To do the tables and a grabber is a thing to be celebrated.
[US]Ade Pink Marsh (1963) 133: It ain’t wrote in no book ’at Gawge Lippincott can do me at no game.
[UK]D. Cotsford Society Snapshots 240: Miss Lowther (sighing). Poor children! . . . have they, then, no faiths [...] no hopes? Miss de Burlington. None . . . except, perhaps, in being able to ‘do’ their neighbours.
[US]O. Kildare My Mamie Rose 60: I [...] then would forget all, rules, time limits and all else, to ‘sail in’ with most deadly determination to ‘do’ my opponent at all hazards.
Bennington Eve. Banner 14 Sept. 1/6: The Cambridge management has been insisting [...] that it could collect a team strong enough to ‘do’ the Berkshire league champs.
[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 136: But what fair did me was this [...] the gals liked it. Liked it!
[UK]A. Brazil Patriotic Schoolgirl 213: ‘Save a bun, And do the Hun!’.
[UK](con. WW1) in J.B. Booth Pink Parade 38: Glory, glory, hallielooyer! / Bill, old dog, we’re going to do yer!
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 306: The Ullage mob’s on the way, and oh Jesus, will we do ’em!
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 37/1: do, do in [...] to defeat.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 28 Aug. 5: Climb all over us like a cheap suit, do us like a dinner.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].

(c) to murder, to kill.

[UK]Sessions Papers 611/2 n.p.: He got one of our cutlasses, which was drawn; and said, ‘D-n my eyes, here is one of Akerman’s bloody thieves, let us do him first.’.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 68: Do him, Joey: i.e. let fly and kill him.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 Apr. 18/2: The blacks have done me, Billy, now – / The moments seem to fly – / You’ll have to go alone, Billy, / Oh, God! ’tis hard to die.
[UK]Dly Gaz. for Middlesborough 28 Feb. 3/3: A quarrel ensued and the prisoner threatened to ‘do’ his wife.
[US]A.C. Gunter M.S. Bradford Special 45: Murder! Oh, Lordy! The fellow done him!
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 314: I’ll do him before I’m through! [...] I’ll get him, if I have to go wit’ him!
[US]D. Runyon ‘The Informal Execution of Soupbone Pew’ in From First to Last (1954) 68: Anyway, they never tried to do him, that job belonging to Coulon, Honey Grove and the others.
[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: do; to do in. To kill.
[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 380: Con the Greek had been robbed and done to death.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 134: He had one of them flat black guns pointing at them [...] ‘I’ll do the boy first,’ he says, ‘Then you.’.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: You want to make out a report! Because we do a Jap?
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 29: I could have done ’er, and no kidding.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 59: The way he looked at me was like he was thinking about doing me and getting his rocks off right on the spot.
[Ire]P. McCabe Breakfast on Pluto 82: Do him! Do him, Kerr, you bollocks you!
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Bitch wanted Frank done. In it over her tits.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 186: Hes so buzzed he even point out the bit of the Grand Union canal where they threw Jack the Hat McVities car keys after they done him.
[US]D. Winslow Winter of Frankie Machine (2007) 92: If i find out you did him [...] I’ll be back.

(d) to prosecute; usu. do for burglary, rape etc.

[UK]G.A. Stevens Adventures of a Speculist I 50: I wonder Williams the sheriff’s officer has not done him to-day. I advised a friend of mine to take out an action against him last night for a hundred.
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. n.p.: Jack, who was done last week for heaving a peter from a drag [F&H].
[US]J. Flynt World of Graft 141: An old offender in New York, a man who has known the thief’s world for a long lifetime and has succeeded in ‘doing’ mouth-pieces and has been ‘done’ by them.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 277: ‘Why can’t you do me here?’ ‘Job was done on another manor. You’ve got to be up at their Court.’.
[US]N. Algren Never Come Morning (1988) 100: If it’s just contributin’ to delinquency though, they can’t do you more’n a year in the Workie.
[UK]F. Norman Norman’s London 196: The third time they did us for a similar sort of thing and we got fined £100.
[UK]T. Parker Frying-Pan 140: You don’t want to get done for life now do you?
[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 203: All we can do him for is a C felony assault.
[UK]M. Dibdin Dying of the Light 143: I take it that you are no longer proposing to ‘do’ me for murder.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 31: Just provoke us into a massive off. Then they can do us for that. Bang us about and do us.
[Aus] D. Sheldon ‘Farm Hands’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Shut up, I had to do it; we would’ve got done no matter what.

(e) of people, to assault, to beat up; of things, places, to break up, to destroy.

[UK]Mons. Merlin 13 Oct. 4: Cowley [...] appeared on a warrant charging him with threatening to do for Jemmy Jackson .
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. IV 38: Hays, Mose, you’ve done him!
[UK]Sporting Times 25 Jan. 1/2: There were no matadors, nor any chance of picking up the whole lot, and then doing the other man in the eyeball.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Two Men’ in Roderick (1972) 103: You could ’a’ done him easy as winkin’.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 376: I said I’d do that fella [...] and I will.
[US]I.L. Nascher Wretches of Povertyville 233: Desperation nerves the criminal to attack a police officer in his efforts to escape arrest, but the young tough will try to ‘do the cop’ in a spirit of bravado. If he succeeds he is the hero of his class.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 553: Go it, Harry. Do him one in the eye.
[UK]G. Kersh Night and the City 6: I’m gonna do that gaff. I’ll smash the bloody place up.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 134: I want a doctor. He done me.
[UK]C. Harris Death of a Barrow Boy 24: I’ll do you!
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 162: I could ‘ave done you proper.
[UK]P. Terson Apprentices (1970) I iii: If you do him, I’ll do you. And all your bloody gang.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 91: Baby, why, why do you make me do you like this?
[Aus]D. Ireland Glass Canoe (1982) 81: Did me ankle. But at least I got away.
[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 177: Okay, Fred! Do him! Do him!
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines xx: Dey do you in a minute! — love wise, fightin’ wise.
[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 122: The reason the locks got done is that they’ve been fucking us about over the rules around here.
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster (1995) 71: I did a fan belt about thirty k’s out of town.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 25 Sept. 1: Michael’s gonna do him. He’s gonna drill that Eubank bad.
[UK]B. Hare Urban Grimshaw 189: You’d better tell that nonce to leave off or Sparky’ll do him.
[UK]K. Richards Life 214: After about ninety-nine broken heads, I guessed they were going to do the whole bench.

(f) (Aus. und.) to subject to crime.

[Aus]Tasmanian (Launceston) 28 Sept. 25/2: A bold and skilful hotel sneak haf [sic] been ‘doing’ Paris lately.
[Aus]Truth (Brisbane) 14 Feb. 1/6: They were not concerned about justice being done, except in the slang sense of the term, and they were prepared to ‘do’ her as often as possible.

(g) to arrest, to capture.

[US]J. Flynt World of Graft 141: If you want me to respect law and society, as you call them, get after me on the level and show me that you’re strong enough to do me by your lonely.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 303: ‘Done her?’ He says [...] ‘Done her what for?’.
[UK](con. 1920s) J. Sparks Burglar to the Nobility 39: We was done, as they say, bang to rights.
[UK]‘P.B. Yuill’ Hazell Plays Solomon (1976) 58: They had come to do me for organizing Reggie Mancini’s escape from Parkhurst.
[UK]J. McClure Spike Island (1981) 62: I know yer, don’t I? [...] Did you for D-and-D.
[UK]N. Barlay Curvy Lovebox 45: One day they’ll do us righ’ here.
[UK]J. King White Trash 258: They’ll come hassle us and do us for the dope.

(h) to make the butt of a joke.

[UK]Marvel 22 Oct. 31: Jest tew think ’ow you chump-heads ha’ bin done!
[UK]Magnet 13 June 4: You’ve been done, Bob!

(i) (US) to betray, to inform on.

[US]H. Hapgood Autobiog. of a Thief 221: Then I knew I had been ‘done’ by Sandy and Hacks.
[US]N. Algren Never Come Morning (1988) 113: What you think that Benkowski’d do if he was in your shoes now? He’s older than you son— he’d do you in a minute. He’d take care of hisself first.

(j) to search, to raid.

[UK]‘Sax Rohmer’ Dope 230: I’ve got half a dozen good men doing every dive from Wapping to Gravesend.
[US]D. Hammett ‘$106,000 Blood Money’ Story Omnibus (1966) 335: ‘Seen Angel Grace,’ I asked. ‘Yes, last night. We did the dumps.’.
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 296: All them coppers was lumping about the house and Ma was sitting there [...] while they was doing His drum.
[US]Simon & Burns ‘Hard Cases’ Wire ser. 2 ep. 4 [TV script] ‘We’re going to have to search your vehicle, man.’ [...] ‘You got no call to be doin’ me like this’.

(k) to sue, to take to court, to charge with a crime; thus X was done for taking and driving away.

[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 277: What they done you for, mate? Copper bashing?
[UK] ‘Metropolitan Police Sl.’ in P. Laurie Scotland Yard (1972) 322: done for: convicted of, e.g. ‘Done for drunk’, ‘Done for speed’.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 15 Jan. 6: I had to do her – and if I had to, I’d do her again.

(l) of a man, to have homosexual intercourse.

[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 146: Done anyone nice lately? What a town to cruise this is.
[US]A. James America’s Homosexual Underground 77: I did everything and did everybody.
[US]San Diego Sailor 19: I began thinking how good it had been when he was doing me and how big his had felt.
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 263: That big lady. [...] She pulled out a gun and said I had to do Tony or she’d blow my pinga off.

(m) to mistreat.

[US]N. Algren ‘Watch Out for Daddy’ in Entrapment (2009) 117: You’ll be more sorry than you now know if you do me this way. For your own heart’s sake, don’t do me this way.
[US](con. 1990s) in J. Miller One of the Guys 169-70: ‘Oh my God, they dog Andrea so bad [...] I’m like, “Andrea, if it was me they would not do me like that” [...] They ain’t gotta do her like that. But she don’t gotta let them do her like that either’.

(n) to attack in a non-physical sense.

[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 323: It’s about doing a screw – or getting him done – by the law.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 235: do (one) 1. Disparage or harass.
[US]R. Campbell In La-La Land We Trust (1999) 17: They get a chance to do you, they’ll do you.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 160: We all want it an we can do it, proper work it out an then proper do the cunt.

(o) (orig. US gay) to perform fellatio.

[US]‘Swasarnt Nerf’ et al. Gay Girl’s Guide 8: do: To fellate, blow, bring to an orgasm orally.
[US]H. Selby Jr Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 14: She looked at him coquettishly. Let me do you Vinnie.
[US]J. Lahr Hot to Trot 20: The first time Irene did me, she made me wear a Trojan. That must have been as big a treat as licking a Good Humor in its wrapper.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 1: Chance they might see some twangie boy down on his knees doing a sailor up from San Pedro.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 52: Wanna get blowed? [...] I’ll do you for free.
67 ‘Milly Rock’ [lyrics] Peng ting wanna do the gang, put my dick straight down her throat.

(p) to irritate, to mess around.

[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 61: Why do you wanta do the Doctor this way, baby?
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 3: It’s doing everyone’s swedes in that the Scousers still see us as Wools.

(q) to injure (other than through violence).

[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 53: He ran a swift 26.1 seconds, then he did this small muscle in his back. The vet bills aren’t worth it.

2. in criminal senses.

(a) (also do for) to cheat, to defraud, to swindle.

H. Best Farming & Acct. Books in Pubs. Thoresby Soc. (1938) 158: And I can doe, / My master too, / When my master turnes his backe .
[UK]J. Poulter Discoveries (1774) 6: The Sailor has done by you, Sir, as you would have done by him.
[UK]O. Goldsmith Good Natur’d Man II i: If the man comes from the Cornish borough, you must do him.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd edn) n.p.: Do To do any one; to rob and cheat him. I have done him; I have robbed him.
[UK]T. Morton Way to Get Married in Inchbold (1808) XXV 70: My name in the Gazette at this moment when I was doing them all in such a capital style!
[US]H. Tufts Autobiog. (1930) 293: To do him of his blowen signifies to rob him of his wife.
[UK] Annotations in J. Poole Hamlet Travestie 81: To do a person is to cheat him.
[UK]D. Carey Life in Paris 357: What Mr. Sovong said was all sheer gammon to try and do her into giving a large sum for some worthless bauble.
[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 2 Oct. 4/4: A notorious swindler, who ‘did’ the public to the tune of some thousands of pounds.
[UK] ‘Frisky Poll Of Broker’s Alley’ in Knowing Chaunter 20: She’d done the cove upon the tally; / She’d nail’d the simple kiddy’s blunt, / And he had nicks in Broker’s-alley.
[UK]R.F. Walond Paddiana I 187: I dislike the Welsh [...] they are dirty and prone to ‘do.’ I was not sorry in this instance to see one of them ‘done’.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 30 Sept. 2/5: The aggrieved Solicitor entered into a narrative of the attempt to ‘do’ him.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ G’hals of N.Y. 74: He was destined to go without any satisfaction as to the name of the gentleman who had ‘done’ him.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Young Tom Hall (1926) 199: Old Hall, however, was not to be done that way.
[UK]J. Greenwood Unsentimental Journeys 8: The Hebrew who, having nicely arranged his brummagem jewellery, had nothing else (but customers) to do.
[UK] ‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 502: Do anybody, but mind they don’t do you.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 13 June 12/2: [The Divisional Board] proceeds with the job, giving the ratepayer substantial value for his money, and retaining a little balance for their corporate selves, but ‘doing’ the national exchequer barefacedly.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘The Rhyme of the Rusher’ Sporting Times 29 Oct. n.p.: The mug I’d fleeced had been his head man, / And had done him for lots of chink.
[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 220: ’E did Scotty fer er tray-bit — ’angin’s too good fer him!
[UK]D. Stewart Shadows of the Night in Illus. Police News 7 Sept. 12/3: ‘Not the first time as I’ve played Abraham. It wants a lot of faking to do them two cusses’.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘Done for the Double’ in Three Elephant Power 130: His motto was, ‘Up and be doing — somebody’.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Final Count 942: The traitor. But I’ll do him yet. I’ll cheat him.
[US]J. Peterkin Roll, Jordan, Roll 105: Jesus! Harry! I wouldn a think you’d a do me so.
[UK]G.D.H. & M. Cole Counter-point Murder 123: Generous with her money and always ready to help a good cause, though she doesn’t like being done.
[US]J. Thompson Criminal (1993) 22: You figure everyone’s out to do you so you do them first.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 22 Oct. in Proud Highway (1997) 546: If I was done out of a grand I’m going to get some kicks, if nothing else.
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 116: A accused B [...] of having done him of five ‘grand’.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 57: ‘Whatcha gon’ do?’ [...] ‘Everything and everybody I can!’.
[US]‘Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 77: Whores do niggers like that every day but they don’t ever expect a nigger to do it to them.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Umpteenth time he’s done me.

(b) to rob.

[UK]Proceedings Old Bailey 7–13 Dec. Wilkes Session 16/1: John Miller. I and four or five more went to go to do a jew ladies; to break the house open. Question. What is that a cant term to break a house open? Miller. Yes.
[UK]G. Parker Life’s Painter 136: I was wipe-priging, we made a regular stall for a tick and reader, but the cull was up to us, and we couldn’t do him.
[UK] ‘Highway-man’s Flash Song’ in Confessions of Thomas Mount 20: Then to the inside passengers / Straightway did we repair, / To do them of their lowr, / It was our only care.
[UK]Berks. Chron. 3 Mar. 4/3: They had many things in view and one in particular. I asked them what that was; they said a ‘super chovey’ at Hungerford (i.e. a silversmith’s) which they could do before they came back .
[UK]Dickens Oliver Twist (1966) 188: Now, my dear, about that crib at Chertsey; when is it to be done, Bill, eh?
[UK]A. Mayhew Paved with Gold 70: You knows, Buck, as well as I do, that we leads the life of dogs. Arn’t we all on us spotted (marked) here? and ain’t the Bobbies at our heels directly we stirs a foot, so that we can’t even do a kingsman (silk handkerchief) in a day, let alone a skin or a soup (a purse or watch)?
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 12/1: Legs had [...] been doing a crib the night previous.
[UK] ‘Autobiog. of a Thief’ in Macmillan’s Mag. (London) XL 503: I have got a place cut and dried. Will you come and do it?
[UK]M. Davitt Leaves from a Prison Diary I 116: We sometimes [...] make good use of this dodge [i.e. the fake fit] when a number of us go to ‘do’ a chapel.
[US]J. Flynt World of Graft 172: If ‘business’ is brisk, and there is a good deal ‘doing,’ the public is naturally mulcted much more than during lean years.
[US]H. Hapgood Types From City Streets 49: The thief [...] is ‘on the level’ with his pals, and is consistent and honest in his attempt to ‘do’ the respectable world.
[US]Ade Hand-made Fables 84: If he can do good to those that he formerly Did so successfully.
[US]D. Mackenzie Hell’s Kitchen 196: Most certainly I should have liked to have ‘done’ Maiden Erlegh.
[UK]V. Davis Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 196: I was going to ‘do’ the Old Man’s house.
[UK]A. Sillitoe ‘Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1960) 27: Another pal of ours who’d done a factory office about six months before.
[UK]P. Willmott Adolescent Boys of East London (1969) 28: Sometimes we do a job, do a warehouse, nick a load of fags.
[UK]P. Fordham Inside the Und. 36: It was a good time to do the shop I could open any peter, and I’ve done hundreds since.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 132: An ex boy-friend of mine, he did one of your trucks not a long while back.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 36: Did a sweet shop, took the glass, climbed in the window.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] The bloke recognised us as the lads who’d done his shop before.
[UK]K. Sampson Outlaws (ms.) 8: Started doing the payrolls and that until they fucked it all up with CCTV and that.

(c) (UK Und.) to counterfeit, to forge; thus do a queer half-quid/screen, to counterfeit a half-guinea coin or banknote.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 236: do: a term used by smashers; to do a queer half quid, or a queer screen, is to utter a counterfeit half-guinea, or a forged bank-note.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

3. to offer or consume.

(a) to eat or drink, usu. with the relevant food or drink attached, e.g. do a couple of pints, do a burger .

[UK]Sam Sly 31 Mar. 2/2: Ned, the bricklayer, not to do his seven pints before breakfast.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 18 May 3/3: [He] betook himself to Bottomley's Temple of Bacchus [...] There he ‘did’ Bass No 3, October brewing in triplicate.
[UK]Mayhew & Binny Criminal Prisons of London 5: ‘I say, Curly, will you do a top of reeb (pot of beer),’ one costermonger may say to the other.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Little Mr. Bouncer 40: I vote we do some bitters. My throat’s rather dry.
[UK]Punch’s Almanack 3: Two D left! must go and do a beer! [F&H].
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 25 July 7/1: They turned into a room before entering that in which the Commission was sitting and ‘did’ a couple of whiskeys.
[UK]Sporting Times 24 Apr. 1/4: How have we four done a magnum before the soup is on the table?
[Aus]Illawarra Mercury (Aus.) 4 Aug. n.p.: The Bulli gentleman, who knew his way about pretty well, and who felt that he could do a ‘long sleever’ himself, led the Civic Father into a hotel (we will not say which one).
[Aus]J. Furphy Such Is Life 282: An’ now I feel like I could do a bit o’ dinner - unless you got any objections?
[UK]Sporting Times 15 Apr. 2/3: My new bit-o’-skirt in the clear-starch suburb is playin’ me false or you’ve done the beer!
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. 42/4: ‘’Er, mate. You c’d do a drink, I s’pose?’ ‘Try me,’ responded the Duke, gratefully.
Northern Territory Times & Gaz. (Darwin) 19 Apr. 4/2: I know you all could do a pot — and, blime! so could I!
[Aus]R. Park Poor Man’s Orange 80: Gawd, I could do a cuppa.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Oct. 2: do – general, all-purpose action verb: Let’s do a few beers.
[US]W. Safire What’s The Good Word? 304: If I do too much brew, I’ll get wicked-faced, boot, and maybe even pass.
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 49: Let’s do breakfast and then let’s go do doo-doo and then let’s go do the ba-ba-ba beach.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Goodoo Goodoo 132: ‘Let’s do breakfast.’ ‘Can you give me fifteen minutes?’.
[UK]D. Flusfeder Gift 104: Vegetarians don’t do ham too much.
[UK]J. Joso Soothing Music for Stray Cats 67: The thing is I do ‘do’ fats, so it was a bit irritating.

(b) (Aus.) to smoke.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Dec. 2/2: The head of the adjoining house was doing a cigar on his balcony.

(c) to serve, to make available, e.g. of accommodation, food and/or drink.

[UK]J.K. Jerome Three Men in a Boat 11: He said they would do him for the whole week at two pounds five.
[UK] ‘’Arry in ’Arrygate’ in Punch 24 Sept. 133/3: Dunsing, the Boss at ‘The Crown,’ does yer proper.
[UK]Wodehouse Psmith in the City (1993) 22: She could ‘do’ it at seven and sixpence per week ‘for him’ [...] and that included lights.
[US] ‘A List of Briticisms’ in AS XVII:1 Feb. 5/2: To treat, to tend to someone’s needs.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 76: It’s rough in there, but they, like, do a bird for a geezer.
[UK](con. 1950s–60s) in G. Tremlett Little Legs 88: Do you do brown ale?

(d) (US drugs) to affect.

[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 100: Tea don’t do you that way.

(e) (drugs) to consume a given drug, e.g. do a line.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 13: You wanna do again?
[US]D. Mitchell Thumb Tripping (1971) 20: They’re doing speed today.
[US]R. Sabbag Snowblind (1978) 31: One night we were at Le Club doing poppers.
[US]A. Maupin Tales of the City (1984) 32: I did mescaline last night.
[US](con. 1969–70) D. Bodey F.N.G. (1988) 95: Let’s do a bowl while we’re waiting.
[US](con. 1982–6) T. Williams Cocaine Kids (1990) 80: Do you think it’s all the coke I’ve been doing?
[US](con. 1930s–60s) H. Huncke Guilty of Everything (1998) 229: I wasn’t doing drugs at that point.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 216: I don’t remember. I was doing some Demerol.
[US]T. Dorsey Florida Roadkill 11: They did two lines at the docks.
[UK]Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 44: They ‘wouldn’t dream of doing coke in front of the children’.
[UK]N. Griffiths Grits 232: Av never done heroin before.
[UK]D. Flusfeder Gift 191: Jerry did not do drugs.
[SA]Sun. Times (S.Afr.) 27 Jan. 24: People were doing cocaine all over the place.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella Johnny Porno 76: She’d done at least one line in the ladies’ room.

(f) of a sport or hobby, to engage in; thus ext. to any experience.

[UK]M.K. Joseph Pound of Saffron 26: ‘Do a flick this evening?’ ‘What’s on?’.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 231: You can’t do bars and monogamy at the same time.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 12 Nov. 2: I was puny, timid. I didn’t do weights until I was 17.
[UK]T. Blacker Kill Your Darlings 258: He didn’t do books, he said.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Real Life 9 Jan. 5: My ex-partner doesn’t do the cold – she complains about the wind-chill.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Real Life 6 Feb. 3: They’re the next thing for men who’ve ‘done’ the ID bracelet.

4. to spend time.

(a) to serve a sentence in prison; usu. in phrs., e.g. do life, do five years.

[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 79/2: The ‘molls’ had brought our bags [...] and placed them in charge of the old woman, with whom they lived while we were ‘doing’ our porritch and kail business in ‘stur’.
[UK]J.C. Parkinson Places and People 228: He had come out of that jail from ‘doing’ nine months.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 31 Jan. 14/3: I remember talking to a young villain in the Tombs, who to ‘do’ six months.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 28 Feb. 7/3: Why, old man, whether I come back or not, it’s the biggest patch I ever struck since the morning that d— French sentry made me [...] plank down the swag I was shunting from the palace at Canton. I did five years for that job.
[Aus]‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘The Man Who Was Away’ in Man from Snowy River (1902) 63: He’s done six months in Goulburn gaol — he’s got six more to do.
[UK]Marvel III:63 20: I’ll lay five bob if he had had a shot at burgling any other place he would be doing five years now!
[US]J. Lait ‘Charlie the Wolf’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 57: Then he has to live up to his reputation or be a heel, an’ a kid would rather do life than weaken after he’s notorious.
[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 24: Me bruvver was topped; me cousin was sent to the chair in the States; me uncle’s doin’ life.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 17: Long enough to’ve been in Wandsworth and done a carpet.
[US]C. Himes ‘Let Me at the Enemy’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 39: Looks like a prison camp where I did six months.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 42: George did three years, and when he got out he refused to do any more pushing.
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 41: He was doing a three [...] for g.b.h.
[UK]G.F. Newman Sir, You Bastard 71: [He] went back inside to do four of six years for burglary.
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 110: He turned out to be doing five to life in Quentin for armed robbery.
[UK]Guardian G2 24 Nov. 2: For gang members the way out is not necessarily in a coffin or doing 25 to life.

(b) to pass a period of time, other than in prison.

[UK]‘J.H. Ross’ Mint (1955) 93: Snaggle [...] is a man of twenty-four, resilient and knowledgeable, who did six years in the army.
[UK]A. Wesker Chips with Everything II xi: He’s staying behind, you know? I reckon they’ll make him do another two weeks for this.

5. to spend, dispose of, waste.

(a) to dispose of, to squander, to waste, to destroy.

[UK]J. Greenwood Seven Curses of London 414: Yes, sir, it was horse-betting that did my business.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 28 Apr. 6/1: [We] occasionally kick ourselves for being such idiots as to ‘do’ our money.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Red Robin’ in Chisholm (1951) 123: I’m longin’ for a breather, for I’ve done my nerve a lot.
[Aus](con. 1941) E. Lambert Twenty Thousand Thieves 191: I’m in it with you — and I don’t care if I do my stripes!
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 31: If a bloke’s going to do his roll, I like him to do it on me so’s we both get some fun out of it.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 153: I also done $500 on that rotten horse of yours.
[UK]J. Hoskison Inside 25: I know people who do five grand a week on ‘crack’.
[Aus]P. Temple Black Tide (2012) [ebook] The bugger got twenty grand hisself from the old girl. Must’ve done that dough pretty smart.

(b) to honour a promissory note.

[Aus]Wagga Wagga Advertiser (NSW) 23 Oct. 4/2: . If the Honorable Charlie were hard-up [...] wished to do a bill, [...] Bob was the accommodating friend who, to use the expression in vogue among the money lending fraternity and its victims, ‘jumped on his back’.
[UK]G.A. Sala Things I Have Seen II 43: He ‘did’ the bill, eventually, and remarkably stiff interest he charged.

(c) to squander one’s money; usu. with ...one’s cheque/dough.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Jan. 5/3: All my ‘sugar’ was done, and they offered me 2 to 1 in thousands. I took £500 to £200, being my last ‘bob,’ and looked upon it as finding the money.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 184: After what he’s done he’s worth keepin’ sweet for another night, when he’ll probably drop for almost any amount.
[Aus]A. Marshall These Are My People (1957) 143: You keep going till you do your cheque.
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 3: A kid like you ought to be at the pitchers [...] instead of wanting to do his dough on the nags.
[NZ]G. Slatter Gun in My Hand 71: She was always doing her money cold on the donks.
[UK]R. Cook Crust on its Uppers 46: The day he did two grand on a non-starter at the Tealeaf.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 9: Now these very same guys do all their shillings on charlie.

(d) to hand over, usu. money.

[UK]K. Howard Small Time Crooks 35: I c’n do ya five grand an’ quit, Donovan. I guess I’ve had it fer ’Frisco anyways.

6. to place a bet.

[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 140: I ‘done it’ as my tipster would have said.

7. (US) to defecate.

[US]H. Gold Man Who Was Not With It (1965) 222: You sweat. You do in your pants. You crawl around like an animal.

8. to conduct business, usu. as a drug dealer.

[US]N. Heard Howard Street 25: [She] tapped him on the shoulder [...] ‘You doin’?’ she asked.
[Aus]L. Davies Candy 72: I started doing bigger amounts of grass.

In compounds

do-room (n.)

(US black/drugs) a room in which drug addicts gather to inject themselves.

[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 15: Tryin’ to keep this damn Do-room clean is a bitch.

In phrases

do... (v.)

see also under relevant n.

do bits (v.)

(UK black) to do well, to succeed; also used of an event or situation.

hubpages.com ‘Roadman Slang 10 Jan. [Internet] Doing bits - traditionally when someone is doing well in life or succeeding, but can also be used to describe an event that went well. e.g. ‘Reading festival did bits!’.
do a bit (v.)

(Aus. Und.) to rob, to break in.

[UK]W.S. Walker In the Blood 143: With ‘master piece’ in kit, I often do a bit.
do for (v.)

1. see sense 2a above .

2. see separate entry.

do in (v.)

see separate entry.

do in the eye (v.)

1. (also do in the eyeball) to cheat.

[UK]B. Pain De Omnibus 95: Why, some o’ them ole women ’ull ride Wes’ Kensington ter Liv’pool Street, and think you’re doin’ of ’em in the eyeball ’cos yer ’on’t to be satersfied with a penny.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 19 June 1/3: A scoundrel and a thief whom it is perfectly fair to ‘do in the eye’.
[UK]A. Binstead Pitcher in Paradise 202: I’ve been done in the eye so often that at last I’ve made it a rule —.
[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 107: Fakes? G’Lord! Someone must have done me in the eye!
[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 171: She has to make out that Granworth has done ’em both in the eye.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 87: Many Lingo terms refer to, involve, or name parts of the human body [...] We may eye off, have eyes on, or be done in the eye.

2. to beat squarely.

[UK]E. Pugh Cockney At Home 230: The youth clapped his knees. ‘Done you in the eye first time!’ he yelled.
do oneself (v.)

1. (US) to make a fool of oneself, to embarrass oneself.

[US]G. Scott-Heron Vulture (1996) 53: I cursed my ego as I realized how I had done myself.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 69: I can’t believe you are going to tell that story — don’t do yourself.

2. to commit suicide.

[UK]P. Theroux Family Arsenal 241: I know a geezer who done himself that way [...] The Stickies give him a funeral.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 63: Pain which ain’t gonna go away — ’cept when they finally do themselves.
[US]Simon & Price ‘All Due Respect’ Wire ser. 3 ep. 2 [TV script] Men of color don’t usually do themselves.
do oneself off (v.)

to masturbate.

[UK]B. Reckord Skyvers I ii: colman: (to cragge) ’Ave you done Helen? brook: (lewd) ’E done ’imself. Cost ’im nothin’.
do over (v.)

see separate entry.

do the lot (v.)

to spend all one’s available money.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 319/2: C.20.
do up (v.)

see separate entries.

do (up) like a kipper (v.)

to take advantage of, to manipulate for one’s own ends.

[UK]A. Payne ‘All Mod Cons’ Minder [TV script] 52: That Kate’s done you up like a kipper.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘As One Door Closes’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] I have never seen anything like it. He did Denzil up like a kipper.
Oxford Student 27 May [Internet] Meanwhile allegations were also raised that Dallaglio had been entrapped by a classic ‘honey trap’ [...] One source said that, ‘the general feeling is that he has been done up like a kipper.’.
[UK]J. Cameron Hell on Hoe Street 157: She done me up like a kipper.
do with (v.)

see sense 1a above.

In exclamations

SE in slang uses

In compounds

do-right/-righter

see separate entries.

In phrases

do a — (v.)

to act in a given manner, as explained by a n., or by a proper name suggesting the manner; for combs. see also relevant n.

[US]R. Fisher Conjure-Man Dies 170: He done done a Lazarus!
[US]‘Goat’ Laven Rough Stuff 106: Then I was out of the hotel, and doing a General Arthur up the street.
[US]Slanguage Dict. Mod. Amer. Sl. 12: do a Garbo, to make oneself inaccessible; to remain aloof.
[Ire](con. 1930s) L. Redmond Emerald Square 296: Ryder [...] did a Toulouse Lautrec and stayed in bed all day with the Madam.
[UK]Observer Mag. 20 Mar. 21: He [...] had an acute temptation to ‘do a Reggie Perrin.’ [disappear/fake death].
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 143: The director’s done a Ronnie Biggs off to Costa del Chips or wherever.
do a/an — act (v.)

see under act n.

do how?

(US) what did you say? please repeat the question.

[US] ‘Tales of the Okefinokee’ AS I:8 408/1: The good friends who used to question me with a delightful ‘Do how?’ have transformed it into a prosaic ‘What?’.
Brown NC Folklore I 533: Do how (what)... Used in asking one to repeat what he said = ‘What did you say?’.
[US] in DARE.
[US]L. Pederson LAGS Concordance n.p.: (What’s that?) 3 infs, Do how?; 1 inf, Do how? [means] do what? [DARE].
do it (v.)

see separate entries.

do something standing on one’s head (v.)

see under stand v.2

do something with one hand tied behind one’s back (v.)

see under hand n.1

do the — (v.)

to act in a given manner, qualified by a pertinent n. or adj.; for combs. see also relevant n. or adj.

[UK]Navy at Home II 72: Weazel, who smiled, and winked, [...] and did the ‘amiable,’' with as much grace as the most accomplished bear in Polito’s Menagerie.
[UK]Dickens ‘The Steam Excursion’ in Slater Dickens’ Journalism I (1994) 369: He used to talk politics to papas, flatter the vanity of mammas, do the amiable to their daughters.
[UK]D. Boucicault London Assurance in London Assurance and other Victorian Comedies (2001) Act I: But, stay, you must do the polite. Say farewell to him before you part. Hang it, don’t cut him.
[UK]New Sprees of London 17: [H]e piped some pals with long mugs and nix of bevay, doing the doleful in suicide ward.
[UK]Sam Sly 10 Feb. 4/3: When will the Clown cease to jump, and the other characters of the Pantomimes stop doing the funny?
[UK]Sam Sly 24 Mar. 3/1: He advises P. W. [...] a knight of the counter, not to ‘do the extensive’ in that heavy sack coat, in which he tries to pass himself off for a gentleman.
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 8 Apr. 3/3: [He] used to be known by the cognomen of the belly bachelor when he was ‘trying to do the amiable’ with Kit Patrick’s neice.
[UK]‘Cuthbert Bede’ Adventures of Mr Verdant Green (1982) I 67: I am going to wine with Smalls to-night [...] and I dare say Smalls will do the civil and ask you also. [Ibid.] II 158: Oh, blow it, Gig-lamps [...] you’ll never go and do the mean, and show the white feather, will you?
[UK]G.J. Whyte-Melville Kate Coventry (1865) 29: A vision of John ‘doing the polite,’ and laughing as he ceremoniously introduced ‘Captain Lovell’ and ‘Miss Coventry.’.
[UK]Paul Pry (London 15 Aug. n.p.: A lanky, carroty, cadaverous-looking clerk, who tries most unmercifully to do the gent, by wearing coloured shirts, cotton lace neck-tie, and lay-down collar.
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 218/2: ‘Twig Mat doing the artful,’ shouted Schooly bright.
[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple III 117: Oh, you needn’t do the indignant.
[UK]E.J. Milliken ‘Cad’s Calendar’ in Punch Almanack n.p.: Nobby button ’oler very well, / When one wants to do the ’eavy swell.
[UK]M. Davitt Leaves from a Prison Diary I 186: ‘What to do?’ I was curious enough to ask. ‘Why, to do the aristocrat,’ was his reply. ‘Little Jemmy S— [...] and myself are to go together and represent ourselves as two English lords.’.
[UK] ‘’Arry at the Sea-Side’ in Punch 10 Sept. 111/1: ’Arry’s doing the Toff as per usual.
[UK]G.R. Sims In London’s Heart 75: It’s a rum go his livin’ in our little room and doing the toff out o’ doors.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 10/2: The Bent tramline and the Bent railways are ‘doing the generous.’ But the idea of doing or giving anything away for nothing is abhorrent to the soul of the Tram Co.
[UK] press cutting in J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 112/1: On Saturday last, on the occasion of the 300th performance of Iolanthe, D’Oyly Carte did the graceful by presenting every lady visitor with a choice bouquet.
[UK]T. Burke Nights in Town 218: This is the shop that does the biz. Buy-buy-buy!
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 300: So Bob Doran comes lurching around asking Bloom to tell Mrs Dignam he was very sorry for her trouble and he was very sorry about the funeral [...] And shaking Bloom’s hand doing the tragic to tell her that.
do the — act (v.)

see under act n.

do what?

(US) what did you say? please repeat the question.

[US]in DARE.
[US]N. Shaw All God’s Dangers (1975) 49: ‘Son, Jim Flint’s cows is just ruinin my bottom of corn. . .’ I said, ‘Do what, Papa?’ He said, ‘Yeah, just ruinin it.’ [DARE].
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Diamonds are for Heather’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] del: ’Ere Rodney. How’d you feel about Heather becoming your sister-in-law? rodney: Do what?
[US]Ms Dec. 20/1: Esther Ann said, ‘Honey, I cain’t [color your hair silver].’ I said, ‘Esther Ann, how come?’ She said, ‘Dear, you’re sprang [=spring].’ I said, ‘Do what?’ She said, ‘You’re sprang. You can’t have a winter color like silver next to your face.’ [DARE].
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar.
do which?

what did you say?

[US]DN V 20: Do which, what did you say? Used in asking for the repetition of a question.
[US]in DARE.
[US]Wolfram-Christian ‘Appalachian Speech’ 173: Did they use whiskey alot? Inf: Do which? [DARE].
what it do?

(US) a form of greeting.

[US]Tennessean (Nashville, TN) 7 Aug. 25/5: ‘What it do, Dad? Where’s Mom?
Lil Wayne ‘I’m Raw’ [lyrics] What’s poppin, what it do, what’s happenin, what’s crackin’, que pasa.