to-do

Definitions

  • "'I don't know what to do!'"
    "'I don't know what to do!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n to-do a disorderly outburst or tumult "they were amazed by the furious disturbance they had caused"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

TO DO IT TO DO IT
HEAVENS AND EARTH! FRANK; WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW HEAVENS AND EARTH! FRANK; WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW
Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms
MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR
Gently stroking her head as her mother used to do Gently stroking her head as her mother used to do
"INTO THIS STREET OF FIRE, BETWEEN THE TWO PIERS, STEAMED THE BIG FIRE-BOAT, STRAIGHT IN, WITH FOUR STREAMS PLAYING TO PORT AND FOUR TO STARBOARD, ALL DOING THEIR PRETTIEST." "INTO THIS STREET OF FIRE, BETWEEN THE TWO PIERS, STEAMED THE BIG FIRE-BOAT, STRAIGHT IN, WITH FOUR STREAMS PLAYING...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Men do 29% of laundry each week. Only 7% of women trust their husbands to do it correctly.
    • n To-do Bustle; stir; commotion; ado.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In South America, it would be rude not to ask a man about his wife and children. In most Arab countries, it would be rude to do so.
    • n to-do Ado; bustle; fuss; commotion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Gorillas do not know how to swim.
    • n To-do tōō-dōō′ bustle: stir: commotion.
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Quotations

  • Orison Swett Marden
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    “It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.”
  • Robert S. Hillyer
    Robert S. Hillyer
    “If you are doing your best, you will not have to worry about failure.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Always do what you are afraid to do.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “The hardest work of all is to do nothing.”
  • Walt Disney
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    “It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “He has hard work who has nothing to do.”

Idioms

What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? - This idiom is often used when someone says something irrelevant to the topic being discussed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
To, + do,. Cf. Ado

Usage

In literature:

Do you want us both to do that to-night?
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
I used to have something definite to do, something that no one else could do as well.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
I do not know what she means to do next: but she seems to me to be always laying traps of some sort, and for somebody.
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Quite the likeliest thing for him to do, only he didn't do it.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But you do owe it to me to tell me at once what I am to do.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
If it was my desire to do him bodily harm, should I not be likely to do it then?
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
If I'm going to do it, I'll do it right; I'll take whatever you see fit to give me.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
If you don't I'll go to Betty, and she'll do what I want her to do.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
What do you advise me to do, Miss Fennimore?
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
What you tell me to do, I will do.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
That, believe me, is the work you have to do in England; and out of England you have room for everything else you care to do.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
It is an unspeakable comfort to me to do this, for nothing committed to His care is ever forgotten or neglected.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
I can not fathom the rest of it, and do not know how to begin to do so.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
I want to know, if you were free to do as you wish, what would you do?
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
It is easy to see it for that matter, but to decide what are we to do is not easy.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Only that he should advise you to do what you have settled upon doing.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
Because, dear Tom, whatever you wanted me to do, seems to me I'd have to do it.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
The only thing for Chatty to do is to drop it altogether, to receive no more letters, to cut the whole concern.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Why, if she don't know the address and you do, all you got to do then is take the letter and leave it.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Go along and do exactly what she tells you to do.
"The White Rose of Memphis" by William C. Falkner
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In poetry:

What to do
Now that she doesn't want me
That's what haunts me
What to do
"What To Do" by Buddy Holly
Oh, what to do
I know my heart ache's showin'
Still not knowin'
What to do
"What To Do" by Buddy Holly
Accept our little gift, and give
To all who here may dwell,
The will and power to do their work,
Or bear their sorrows well.
"Hymn" by Charles Kingsley
Blessed Redeemer, how divine,
How righteous is this rule of thine!
"To do to all men just the same
As we expect or wish from them."
"Hymn 38 part 2" by Isaac Watts
For doin' what he had to do,
Through greed, or lust, or hate . . .
Aye, them seem rightful words to you,
But me, I calls it - Fate.
"Sentimental Hangman" by Robert W Service
Then low and unaware
This answer cleaved the air,
This tender answer, "Doubting one be still;
Oh trust to me, and know
The wind, the frost, the snow,
Are but my servants sent to do my will.
"Comfort" by Marietta Holley

In news:

What to do, what to do.
I have to keep reminding myself that computers really only do one thing at a time and, even then, it's only what you tell them to do.
You may be able to do a triathlon, but do you think you could do it while juggling.
Eisenhower defined leadership as "the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.".
Now that he's got his coaching staff in place, the top item on Andy Reid's to-do list is deciding what to do about DeSean Jackson.
It's so easy to do, yet so hard to do right.
It then is up to the coders to decide what they want to do and how to do it.
"I do know what I want to do," Shurmur said after Thursday night's 28-20 loss to the Bears in the preseason finale.
Here's a thought, if you're going to communicate with younger folks, you might want to do it the way they do with their peers.
Gonzaga Needs to Get Back to Doing What They Do Best.
What do I need to do to succeed in a company environment.
Time for Tim Tebow to do exactly what he was brought to New York to do.
Reboots are what I do to my phone or computer when I cannot think of anything else to do to try to solve a problem.
How do we awaken recruits to visualize what they're going to do when things don't go as planned.
My mom isn't exactly a genius on the internet, but she understands the basics of computers and is tech savvy enough to do what she needs to do online.
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In science:

First, notice that these class definitions do not refer to any specific algorithm: it is the fact that it is possible to solve them under certain conditions which matters, not that we are able to do it.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
In this Section, I shall introduce several algorithms that attempt to do it in practice for the search problems associated to k-sat and k-xorsat, that is to say algorithms which try to find satisfying assignments for a given formula.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
On the other hand, once we are willing to use indexed categories, we do not necessarily need to to assume a replacement axiom at all in order to do category theory.
Set theory for category theory
We do not see any trivial way to do this, but we can do it as follows. (To say that W ′ is a version of W means that W ′ = W a.e.; this implies that all integrals considered here are equal for W and W ′ , and thus Gn → W ′ as well.) See Subsection 4.5 and Appendix A for an alternative.
Quasi-random graphs and graph limits
To do that, it suffices to check that all x-vertices given by Lemma 7.1 do not lie in the interior of the triangle.
Split rank of triangle and quadrilateral inequalities
The way to do this is to construct basic commutators relative to R in a process now to be defined.
On the lower central factors of groups
The problem is, however, that we do not see a reason to do that in the framework of our approach.
Witten index in supersymmetric 3d theories revisited
To do this, we have to transform the BPST result into a function of the cross ratios, verify that their Regge limit coincides with the one defined in this paper (one cross ratio to zero with the other fixed), and try to identify the bi-local operator that dominates in the strong coupling limit.
The Regge Limit for Green Functions in Conformal Field Theory
In this case, ˜p is already a longest common pre fix and we do not need to do anything.
Optimal Source-Based Filtering of Malicious Traffic
In order to do this, we will show that the Schr¨odinger valued Cartan Theorem, Theorem 11.1, implies that the measure of ω , such that the necessary resolvent estimates to apply Theorem 6.2 do not hold, is small.
Localization for random operators with non-monotone potentials with exponentially decaying correlations
To do this we will heavily draw on the specific properties of the jump chain Jn , in particular, on the fact that its tra jectories do not depend on the randomness of the lansdcape.
Aging in reversible dynamics of disordered systems. II. Emergence of the arcsine law in the random hopping time dynamics of the REM
How do we ensure that local densities are preserved? All we have to do is enrich our set of basic anti-uniform functions by adding an appropriate set of functions that will allow us to transfer local densities from the sparse structure to the dense one.
Combinatorial theorems in sparse random sets
To do so, Bob needs to perform some form of Bel l test, in which the devices are prevented from signalling to one another, either by physical barriers or by being space-like separated, to ensure the presence of non-classical correlations.
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
In this region, we can still deform the contour Γ into an appropriate Γ(cid:48) in a completely similar way, as we do not have to cross any cut in order to do so.
On the computation of the spectral density of two-point functions: complex masses, cut rules and beyond
This is illustrated by the blue curve in the particular case of P = 7 mW : if λ is slowly increased from λ ≈ 1510 nm, do decreases until λ → λ+ ≈ 1562 nm, at which point the stable and unstable equilibria bifurcate and the position of the membrane changes dramatically from do = 112 nm to do ≈ 150 nm.
Designing evanescent optical interactions to control the expression of Casimir forces in optomechanical structures
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