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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TO-DO

If she gits a premium for puttin' up gardin-sass, I'll warrant there'll be a to-do.

Emma Torrance flings open the door grandly, and we learn what all the to-do is about.

And I must laugh to see my neighbours making a to-do about a mercantile bargain.

But on leaving we were met by the farmer, who made a to-do, charging us with trespassing.

Wal, there was an awful row and a to-do about it, you may be sure.

I suppose something is going to happen; there can't be all this to-do for nothing.

What a to-do to discover if this particular soldier was innocent or guilty!

With considerable of a to-do, Mrs. Norris announced the gift of a grandfather's clock.

That drab you make such a to-do about has been mine this two months past.

I have no notion of people's making such a to-do about money and greatness.

WORD ORIGIN

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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