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Monday, April 13, 2015

Definitions for derring-do

  1. daring deeds; heroic daring.

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Citations for derring-do
He must perform deeds of derring-do to win my love. A. A. Milne, "The Romantic Age," Second Plays, 1920
I calculate by eye the breadth of the gap I'd have to jump or rappel to switch to the Dreamward, and I mentally sketch out the paragraphs that would detail such a bold and William T. Vollmannish bit of journalistic derring-do as literally jumping from one 7NC Megaship to another. David Foster Wallace, "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, 1997
Origin of derring-do
Derring-doo entered English in the early 1300s. In Middle English it was spelled durring-do which literally meant "daring to do." This was erroneously taken as noun phrase and has stuck with us ever since.