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to-do

[tuh-doo]
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noun, plural to-dos. Informal.
  1. bustle; fuss: They made a great to-do over the dinner.

Origin of to-do

before 900; Middle English, Old English; noun use of infinitive phrase; see to, do1, ado

Synonym study

See ado.
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  • She wanted, of course, to have an opportunity of talking to my Todo alone.

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  • Homem vai buscar dinheiro, A todo ele disse: Ja dinheiro feito .

  • Todo estaba puesto con arte singular, y el aseo y frescura de cuanto all haba convidaban a reposar en tan hermoso nido.

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  • Todo indicaba all una vivienda de gente modesta, pulcra y hacendosa.

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  • En Madrid, que es la corte de donde vienen leyes y mandarines, todo es latrocinio y farsa.

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British Dictionary definitions for todo

to-do

noun plural -dos
  1. a commotion, fuss, or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for todo

to-do

n.

1570s, from the verb phrase to do, from Old English to don "proper or necessary to be done" (see to). Meaning "disturbance, fuss" is first recorded 1827.

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