1. sexual intercourse.
|City-Madam III i: secret: Dead doings, Daughter. shavem: Doings! sufferings mother: Men have forgotten what doing is; And such as have to pay for what they do, Are impotent, or Eunuchs.|
|Wit and Drollery 94: There was an old Lad, rode on an old Pad, / Unto an old punk a woing; / He laid the old punk, upon an old trunk, / Oh there was good old doing.et al. ‘A Song’|
|Proverbs 52: Courting and wooing brings dallying and doing.|
|Anecdota Americana I 46: ‘Mamie,’ said the old man, ‘ef you hain’t done it, don’t do it, cause this ain’t fer it! This ain’t no doin’ license!’.|
2. (UK Und.) a crime, such as a robbery.
|Life and Trial of James Mackcoull 71: He declared he would join him in any job in England [...] Mackcoull then suggested to him the doing of the Chester bank.|
3. (also doing down) a thrashing, a beating; lit. or fig.
|‘Taking out the Baby’ [broadside ballad] They had all been taking out the baby, and all had had such a doing – that boy o’ mine nearly busted me [F&H].|
|Wanganui Herald 18 Feb. 2/9: Poor McAuliffe got such a ‘doing’ from Carney that he has not recovered.|
|‘’Arry on a ’ouseboat’ in Punch 15 Aug. 77/1: If I don’t give them dashed Norfolk Dumplings a doing, I’ll eat my old ’at.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 11 Oct. 13/2: The Unco Guid of the wet, kirky, whiskified city of Dunedin (M.L.), recently received a severe ‘doing’ at the hands of Judge Cooper. [...] The Judge said that Dunedin’s reputation for godliness was built up by sweating the tram employees and forcing them to desecrate the Sabbath.|
|Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 209: I gave him a bit of a doing altogether.|
|Truth (Melbourne) 3 Jan. 6/6: All he now knew was that four blackfellows had given him a doing.|
|Debits and Credits (1926) 164: ’Ammick put me through all the Janeite Degrees, you might say. Never ’ad such a doin’ in my life.‘The Janeites’ in|
|(con. 1835–40) Bold Bendigo 91: You’ll have to show better form in the ring, or I shall be giving you a doing down in your own booth.|
|Complete Works X (1998) 259: Chantin’s the game this time of the year. Carols. Fair twist their ’earts round, I can [...] I won’t ’alf give them a doing this Christmas.‘Clink’ in|
|Horse’s Mouth (1948) 145: Then my mother came and gave me such a doing on both ears that I had to sleep on my back.|
|Und. Nights 108: You can hardly suggest to a priest of the Most Holy Roman Catholic Church that he organises the doing of a nark.|
|Acid House 101: It wis some fuckin doin ah goat.‘The House of John Deaf’ in|
|Glue 84: Ehs wee brar thair fancies ehself a buit ay a wide cunt since eh gave one ay the Sutherlands a doin.|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 68: Heard the boy, the fitba player, your mate, took a bad doin in the Grapes.|