Green’s Dictionary of Slang

do n.

[note 1910s milit. jargon do, an offensive]

1. [mid–late 17C; 20C+] (also doo) a success; esp. in phr. make a do of

2. [early 19C] (Uk Und.) a (street) robbery.

3. [19C+] a fraud, a swindle; a (practical) joke.

4. [early 19C+] a party, a celebration, a dinner etc, often reasonably formal.

5. [mid-19C] a confidence trickster.

6. [mid-19C] (US) noise, confusion.

7. [late 19C] a cup of coffee.

8. [late 19C+] a period of suffering, usu. physical, e.g. I’ve had a rotten do today.

9. [1900s] (Aus.) any criminal activity.

10. [1910s+] an attack, a gang fight; in weak use, an argument.

11. [1930s+] (also doo) excrement, usu. animal; also attrib. (and fig.).

12. [1960s–70s] (drugs) a shot or measure of a narcotic drug.

13. [1960s+] (US black/campus) a haircut.

14. [1960s+] (US black, also doo) straightened hair; as v., to straighten.

15. [1970s] (US black) an Afro hairstyle.

16. [1990s+] (US) a business, an organization.

In phrases

do one’s do (v.)

[20C+] (US) to do what is necessary, to do what one must do.

do the do (v.)

1. [1950s+] (US black/campus) to have sexual intercourse.

2. [1990s+] to pass time.

3. [1990s+] (US campus) to do a necessary task.

have a bit of a do (v.)

[1940s] (Aus.) to suffer a bout of veneral disease.

make a do of (v.)

[mid-19C+] to succeed at, to ‘make a go’ of.