noun, plural didos, didoes. Usually, didos, didoes, Informal.
a mischievous trick; prank; antic.
a bauble or trifle.

1800–10; origin uncertain

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dido (ˈdaɪdəʊ)
n , pl -dos, -does
an antic; prank; trick
[C19: originally US: of uncertain origin]

Dido (ˈdaɪdəʊ)
classical myth a princess of Tyre who founded Carthage and became its queen. Virgil tells of her suicide when abandoned by her lover Aeneas

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"prank, caper," 1807, Amer.Eng. slang, perhaps from the queen in the "Aeneid." Usually in phrase to cut didoes.
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Dido [(deye-doh)]

In Roman mythology, the founder and queen of Carthage in north Africa. She committed suicide in grief over the departure of her lover, the hero Aeneas.

Note: Dido is an image of the unhappy or unrequited lover.
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