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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.]


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]


(ˈdɛr ɪŋˈdu)

daring deeds; heroic daring.
[1325–75; Middle English durring-do literally, daring to do, taken as n. phrase. See dare, do1]
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Noun1.derring-do - brave and heroic featsderring-do - brave and heroic feats    
exploit, feat, effort - a notable achievement; "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"


[ˈderɪŋˈduː] N (liter) tales of derring-dorelatos mpl épicos
deeds of derring-dogestas fpl, hazañas fpl


n (old)Verwegenheit f, → Tollkühnheit f; deeds of derring-doverwegene or tollkühne Taten
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A generous helping of descriptive writing, add a spattering of derring-dos, pepper with historical asides, baste liberally with meetings with the high and mighty, finally top off with one near-death experience.
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