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bustle, fuss; flurry; confusion; turmoil; commotion: much ado about nothing
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adieu – good-bye; farewell; the act of leaving: He bade his friends adieu.
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Fuss; trouble; bother.
[Middle English, from the phrase at do : at, to (used with infinitive) (from Old Norse at; see ad- in Indo-European roots) + do, do; see do1.]
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bustling activity; fuss; bother; delay (esp in the phrases without more ado, with much ado)
[C14: from the phrase at do a to-do, from Old Norse at to (marking the infinitive) + do1]
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) accumulated day off
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busy or delaying activity; bustle; fuss.
[1250–1300; Middle English (north) at do=at to (< Old Norse, which used at with the infinitive) + do do1]
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noun fuss, to-do, trouble, delay, bother, stir, confusion, excitement, disturbance, bustle, flurry, agitation, commotion, pother And now, without further ado, let me introduce our benefactor.
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ado[əˈduː] N without further or more ado → sin más (ni más)
much ado about nothing → mucho ruido y pocas nueces
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without further ado, without more ado → sans plus de cérémonie
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
ado[əˈduː] n without (any) more ado → senza più indugi
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