View synonyms for do-over


[ doo-oh-ver ]


  1. an opportunity to do something again or repeat it, especially when it did not turn out well the first time:

    I wish I could have a do-over of the past five years of my life.

  2. a makeover, as a renovation or a beauty treatment: A do-over at the spa made me feel young again!

    Enter the sweepstakes to win a full kitchen do-over with new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

    A do-over at the spa made me feel young again!

do over


  1. informal.
    to renovate or redecorate
  2. slang.
    to beat up; thrash

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Word History and Origins

Origin of do-over1

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase do over

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Idioms and Phrases

Also, do something over .

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Example Sentences

Think of it as the Jersey Shore exception, where you can act like a brutish goon and the first bust is essentially a do-over.

In 2010, I attended my 10-year high-school reunion, where the theme was “Prom Do-Over.”

Right about now, Micah Moore appears to be looking for a do-over.

A do-over is rare in politics, and the Supreme Court handed one to President Obama by upholding his much-maligned health-care law.

Superman got a do-over, so maybe the writers should get one too?

His wife raised an awful to-do over this, but Helli was firm and for another year he fed and petted the Grouse.

Jetty is making a terrible to-do over a solitary china one in her nest.

Frequently, too, he indulges in a great to-do over nothing, fairly splitting your ears with his noisy cries.

I have said it is a to-do over nothing, though Mr. Jay may think he has the best reason in the world for making a fuss.

But they'd had trouble even before then; for right from the start there was a pretty how-d'ye-do over the plot.


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