do over

See also: doover and do-over




do over (third-person singular simple present does over, present participle doing over, simple past did over, past participle done over)

  1. (transitive) To cover with; to smear or spread on to.
    • 1720, [Daniel Defoe], The Life, Adventures, and Pyracies, of the Famous Captain Singleton, London: [] J. Brotherton, [], J. Graves [], A. Dodd, [], and T. Warner, [], OCLC 19425974, page 78:
      [H]e ſeem'd amaz'd at the Sight of our Bark, having never ſeen any thing of that Kind before, for their Boats are moſt wretched Things, ſuch as I never ſaw before, having no Head or Stern, and being made only of the Skins of Goats, ſewed together with dried Guts of Goats and Sheep and done over with a kind of ſlimy Stuff like Roſin and Oil, but of a moſt nauſeous, odious Smell, []
  2. (transitive, Britain, slang) To beat up.
    • 1971 August 19, Robert Greenfield, quoting Keith Richards, “The Rolling Stone Interview: Keith Richard[s]”, in Rolling Stone, number 89, San Francisco, Calif.: Rolling Stone, ISSN 0035-791X, OCLC 693532152; republished in Cindy Ehrlich, editor, The Rolling Stones, [San Francisco, Calif.]: Straight Arrow Publishers, 1975, OCLC 5981212, page 57, column 2:
      If someone tries to do my guitar, and I don't want it to be done, it's between him and me. I don't call in Bill Wyman to come in and do him over for me, with one of his vicious ankle-twisters or Chinese burns.
    • 1974, Paul Harrison, “Soccer’s Tribal Wars”, in New Society: The Social Science Weekly, London: Harrison Raison & Co., ISSN 0028-6729, OCLC 470184203, page 604; republished as Patrick Murphy; John Williams; Eric Dunning, Football on Trial: Spectator Violence and Development in the Football World, London; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, 1990, →ISBN, page 86:
      I go to a match for one reason only: the aggro. [] [E]very night during the week we go round looking respectable … then if we see someone who looks like the enemy we ask him the time; if he answers in a foreign accent, we do him over; and if he's got any money on him we'll roll him as well.
  3. (transitive, US) To repeat; to start over.

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