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Of deeds of derring-do for the saving of life our square-set friend was full.

We can watch your deeds of derring-do from here through the glasses.

Like Ivanhoe in the castle, he chafed at his compulsory inaction while others were doing "deeds of derring-do."

None of it fitted his preconceived notions of an Indian fight, with bullets flying thick and fast and deeds of derring-do.

To that complexion of mean fraud did the old smuggling traditions of courage, adventure, and derring-do come at last!

After this, who will say that "derring-do" is not still held in honour, or that hero-worship has vanished out of the land?

She would tell us of deeds of 'derring-do' and all that was inspiring in the way of freedom and love of country.

Being a level-headed, plucky youngster, he was by no means desirous of indulging in deeds of derring-do.

The woman asked for details that would help her picture feats of derring-do.

And because they had no golden days of derring-do to look back upon, they did less grumbling.

WORD ORIGIN

originally (late 14c.) dorrying don, literally "daring to do," from durring "daring," present participle of Middle English durren "to dare" (see dare (v.)) + don, infinitive of do (v.). Misspelled derrynge do 1500s and mistaken for a noun by Spenser, who took it to mean "manhood and chevalrie;" picked up from him and passed on to Romantic poets as a pseudo-archaism by Sir Walter Scott.

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