derring do


daring deeds; heroic daring.

1325–75; Middle English durring-do literally, daring to do, erroneously taken as noun phrase. See dare, do1 Unabridged
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derring-do (ˈdɛrɪŋˈduː)
archaic, literary or 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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Word Origin & History

originally (late 14c.) dorrying don, lit. "daring to do," from durring "daring," prp. of M.E. durren "to dare" (see dare) + don, inf. of "to do." Misspelled derrynge do 1500s and mistaken for a noun by Spenser, who took it to mean "manhood and chevalrie;" picked up from him
and passed on to Romantic poets as a pseudo-archaism by Sir Walter Scott.
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