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da capo

[dah kah-poh; Italian dah kah-paw] /dɑ ˈkɑ poʊ; Italian dɑ ˈkɑ pɔ/
adjective, adverb
repeated from the beginning (used as a musical direction).
a section of music that is to be repeated from the beginning.
Origin of da capo
1715-25; < Italian: literally, from the head; see da, chief Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A scramble for the flowers, then out at the gate and on to the next house, and so da capo.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Another pinch of the wool-roll, a new turn of the wheel, and da capo.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • To use a metaphor from music, her life is a piece marked "da capo."

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • Then the shriek died away again into a wail and a moan, and so da capo.

    The Mark Of Cain Andrew Lang
  • Then, if you want it da capo, give him another tumbler of wine.

  • And then will wake Morrow and the eyes that look on it; and so da capo.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Even in the da capo, however, he gives us a variety of forms!

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • Horror of Petit Patou--and so da capo, endlessly round and round.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for da capo

da capo

/dɑː ˈkɑːpəʊ/
adjective, adverb
(music) to be repeated (in whole or part) from the beginning
See also fine3
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: from the head
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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