Do for

Definitions

  • I Am Sorry for Dad, Because he Holds More Than I Do 074
    I Am Sorry for Dad, Because he Holds More Than I Do 074
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Do for to suit: to provide for: to ruin:
    • Do for (vulg.) to kill
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU, SIR?'" "'WHAT CAN I DO FOR YOU, SIR?'"
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Quotations

  • Carl Sandburg
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    “The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.”
  • Ben Stein
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    “No one will do it for you.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.”
  • Terence
    Terence
    “I do not give money for just mere hopes.”
  • Mole
    Mole
    “If we have need of a strong will in order to do good, it is still more necessary for us in order not to do evil.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
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    “There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.”

Idioms

Can't do it for toffee - If you can't so something for toffee, you are incapable of doing something properly or to any sort of standard.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. dón, dyde, gedón; Dut. doen, Ger. thun; conn. with Gr. tithenai, to put, place.

Usage

In literature:

As I said just now, all that a mother can and ought to do I will do for you.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
She has great hopes of what my uncle may do for me.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
What then can I do for you, my son?
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
She got up in a state of excitement and expectation, for what might not Charlotte Harman do for her?
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
If there is anything I can ever do for you, you must let me do it for his sake.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
But, Miss Mackenzie, that kind of companion would not do for me at all.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
I do not believe for a moment that there is any ground for such an apprehension.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
And thus the early weeks of winter passed, doing for Allison some of the good which work well done is sure to do for the heavy-hearted.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
She was gratitude itself for what he was prepared to do for her.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
What can I do for you, to show you how grateful I am?
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
What shall we do for her?
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
What can I do for you?
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
I'm doing for her what she would do for me if our positions were reversed.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Nothing to do for herself; worse than all, nothing to do for Tanqueray.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
One is apt to do twenty things for them which one wouldn't do for oneself; nor they for themselves if they had to pay the piper.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
You do not know how much you are doing for her.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
What could I do for you?
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
There ar'n't much in it, but there's a few guineas as 'll do for that, perhaps.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Some one who would be glad to see her and want something she could do for him!
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
And if he has, what will a thousand pounds do for me?
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

He was her lover, too,
Who urged her so —
"Why should not wattle do
For mistletoe?"
"Under The Wattle" by Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen
So, like a Christmas pedagogue,
Poor Tim was forced to do -
Look out for pupils; for he had
A vacancy for two.
"Tim Turpin" by Thomas Hood
It will do when I am dying.
It will do when I am dying.
It will do when I am dying.
And it's good enough for me.
"Give Me That Old Time Religion" by Anonymous Americas
We may not dwell in England,
For we have work to do
For the land, the land of England,
The land we love so true!
"The Colonists" by Cicely Fox Smith
Pray for grace yourself to be,
To be free in all you do,
For a straight sincerity,--
Grace to see a point of view.
"Grange House Lodge" by Thomas MacDonagh
"Nought for me but that I labour
For my country all my life,
If you wish to do me honour,
Make a princess of my wife.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

This past week has consisted of my mother preparing for the extreme holiday cooking she is going to be doing for Thanksgiving, and I am happy to be the guinea pig for her desserts.
It is the most difficult thing you will do for your children .
After you've blazed a trail and made near-universal healthcare coverage a state law, what do you do for an encore.
Becoming the Frankfort Convention Center director seemed the best thing to do for Robin Antenucci.
Apart from the fact that women might have some desire to perform patriotic duty, what good does joining a historically male organization do for a woman.
Atlanta said she understood what Johnson was trying to do for her.
What Would You Do for a King.
Well, speaking of the Hoover Dam , how would 12 Hoover dams do for starters.
What are you doing for Christmas vacation.
It still blows my mind what people will do for money.
I think it is more important to vote for a president based on what he or she is going to do for the country rather than his or her religious beliefs.
Five things to do for free in New Delhi .
But it's much more difficult to do for kids under the age of three, or an older child who cannot communicate what they are seeing on the chart.
We just discussed the waiting the Yankees are doing for a couple of free agents, but none of that compares to the prolonged tedium of the Mets' negotiations with R.A.
What does return of injured players do for NBA teams.
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In science:

As a ma jor exception to the mantra ‘everything worth doing for Ising/Potts is done best via random-cluster’, we remind the reader of the so-called randomcurrent expansion for the Ising model, wielded with effect in [1, 2, 5] and elsewhere.
The Random-Cluster Model
We cannot do better than this as we do not have exact control of kernels of twisting maps Rχ (see [K2] for a result in this direction), and even less of kernels of sums of twisting maps and degeneracy maps.
Belyi parametrisations of elliptic curves and congruence defects
What do the results presented in this paper imply for the typical value of R × A? Let us do the correct calculation in the case σ2 . 1, relevant for good tunnel junctions.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables
This is not difficult to do for certain classes of spaces.
Concentration of norms and eigenvalues of random matrices
For example, we do not know whether all Artin groups are torsion free, and we do not know any general solution to the word problem for these groups.
Artin groups of spherical type up to isomorphism
For the simplicity of notations, we do not indicate in ˜Q the dependence on N and δ0 ; note also that in the above display we do not assume that |S | = N , so ˜Q need not apply to only S ∈ XN .
Random Bulgarian solitaire
For example, we have supposed that the existence of the N-member households do not affect the property of the complex networks, and also we do not take the move of the individuals into account.
The Spread of Infectious Disease with Household-Structure on the Complex Networks
Moreover, elements of Hom [P , G] that do not correspond to any smooth connection do exist (see e.g. for examples).
On the structure of the space of generalized connections
Seeing that a continuum ferromagnet does not exist (see and ) there is no chance that the Fermi-Dirac convolution product µ◦n can be extended to a µ◦t as we do for Maxwel l-Boltzmann statistics.
Measure convolution semigroups and non-infinitely divisible probability distributions
The scientist to save the trouble of doing routine experiments always wanted to develop a machine to do it for him, with the scientist free to analyze the collected data.
Simple 8085 microprocessor compatible I/O card
What remains to do for the level-level correlation function, Eq. (66), is to calculate the functional integral over Q.
Random Matrices and Supersymmetry in Disordered Systems
While we will not make direct reference to these ideas elsewhere in this paper, they provide a natural context for the results of Sections 6-8, just as groups with balanced profinite presentations do for the results of S ection 3.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
For N ≥ 187 and arbitrary values of ǫ (more precisely, for ǫ as large as ǫ = 0.9), R¨ossler oscillators do not synchronize on a Cayley tree, neither for shortcuts according to a) or b), but for method c) and p1 > 0.9 they do so, as it is seen in Fig.6.
Synchronization of R{\"o}ssler Oscillators on Scale-free Topologies
The point is that the first two Pauli matrices τ1,2 obviously furnish a representation since they do for the three dimensional case Cliff (R3 ).
Basics of M-Theory
Let RL denote the generating function for first return to the root for walks that do not move beyond the (L − 1)st vertex on the spine, i.e., they do not reach the vertex where the first tooth appears.
Random walks on combs
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