[ doo-ver ]

nounAustralian Slang.

Origin of doover

First recorded 1940–45; origin uncertain

Other definitions for do-over (2 of 2)

[ 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: 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!

Origin of do-over

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase do over Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use doover in a sentence

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

    Mighty Mikko | Parker Fillmore
  • Jetty is making a terrible to-do over a solitary china one in her nest.

    Two Little Travellers | Frances Browne Arthur
  • Frequently, too, he indulges in a great to-do over nothing, fairly splitting your ears with his noisy cries.

    Our Bird Comrades | Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • 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.

    Our Bird Comrades | Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
  • But they'd had trouble even before then; for right from the start there was a pretty how-d'ye-do over the plot.

British Dictionary definitions for do over

do over

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. informal to renovate or redecorate

  2. British, Australian and NZ slang to beat up; thrash

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Other Idioms and Phrases with doover


Also, do something over.

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