Languages › English as a Second Language Idioms and Expressions With 'Do' Share Flipboard Email Print I have to do an about face because I left my briefcase at home. EschCollection/Getty Images English as a Second Language Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated March 01, 2019 The following idioms and expressions use the verb 'do'. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with 'do'. Do a Double Take Definition: look twice at someone or something because you are surprised She did a double take when he walked into the room.Did you see that man do a double take as he looked at the price? Do a Number on Someone Definition: trick someone, cheat someone, hurt someone very badly I'm afraid she did a number on him when she broke up.That guy did a number on John to the tune of $500! Do an About Face Definition: turn around, return to where someone came from I'd like you to do an about face and go clean your room!As soon as I got to work I realized I'd have to do an about face because I'd left my briefcase at home. Do Away With Something Definition: prohibit something, make something not available They tried to do away with coffee in some cultures to little success.Anytime they do away with something people want it even more. Do Justice to Something Definition: do successfully and with honor, complete in a befitting manner I think that painting doesn't do justice to him.Alice really did justice to the presentation. Do One’s Duty Definition: complete a responsibility, do something that is expected of you Remember to do your duty by honoring your parents.I'll do my duty but nothing more. Do One's Part Definition: do something that is required of you, join in doing something that requires many people He feels that volunteering is doing his part.Do you part and get along and you'll have no problems here. Do or Die Definition: complete a task or utterly fail It's do or die time now. We're getting married!Well John, it's do or die. Let's go! Do Someone Good Definition: be beneficial for someone I think taking the week off will do you good.She told me a massage would do me good. Do Something Over Definition: repeat an action often because of a poor start Let's do that over! I wasn't concentrated enough!I'd love to do college over if I had the chance. Do Someone Proud definition: do something so well that another person is proud of you David did his father proud throughout his successful life.I think you'll do your family proud this year. Do Someone's Heart Good Definition: be good for someone emotionally I think listening to some classical music would do your heat good.Getting straight As did her heart good. Do Something by Hand Definition: build something on one's own He built his house by hand.I created that desk by hand. Do Something in Vain Definition: do something with no reason or chance at success Peter feels his doing the job in vain.Never feel you're doing something in vain. There's always a reason. Do Something on the Fly Definition: do something quickly without thinking I did it on the fly, it's nothing special.Let's do it on the fly. It won't take long. Do Something on the Run Definition: do something while on the way to somewhere else We did it on the run while on the way to Arizona.You can do it on the run. Let's go! Do Something on the Sly Definition: do something without having other people notice She did it on the sly. Her husband never had a clue.He made lots of money by doing it on the sly. Do the Honors Definition: do something like cutting a cake, or giving a speech that is an honor I'd like to let your father do the honors.I'll do the honors and toast to happy and long life! Do the Trick definition: complete the task, function as a solution I think this pen will do the trick.You'll come up with something to do the trick. Do You Read Me? Definition: question asked usually in a stern manner to ask if someone understands We'll have no more talk! Do you read me?!That's enough. Do you read me?