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Daring or reckless action.
[Misinterpretation of earlier derrynge do, daring to do, misprint of Late Middle English dorryng do, from Middle English durring don : durring, present participle of durren, to dare (from Old English durran; see dare) + don, to do; see do1.]
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archaic or literary a daring spirit or deed; boldness or bold action
[C16: from Middle English durring don daring to do, from durren to dare + don to do]
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daring deeds; heroic daring.
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derring-do[ˈderɪŋˈduː] N (liter) tales of derring-do → relatos mpl épicos
deeds of derring-do → gestas fpl, hazañas fpl
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