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do a number on

Definition of do a number on

informal

  1. :  to have a very bad effect on (someone or something) :  to hurt or damage (someone or something) <This heavy backpack is doing a number on my back.> <The scandal really did a number on his career.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to bring to pass :  carry out

    :  put

    :  perform, execute

  1. :  fuss, ado

    :  deed, duty

    :  a festive get-together :  affair, party

  1. :  the first tone of the diatonic scale in solmization

  1. : ditto

    : double occupancy

numberplay
  1. :  a sum of units :  total

    :  complement

    :  an indefinite usually large total

  1. :  count, enumerate

    :  to claim as part of a total :  include

    :  to restrict to a definite number


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