do anything

idiom

1
: to take an action that is considered wrong or suspicious or of particular interest
If he does anything, let me know.
often used in negative statements
"Why is she mad?" "I don't know. I didn't do anything."
2
: to be occupied with something
I need to start dinner, but I can't do anything until you get out of the way.
If you're not doing anything this evening, why not come over for dinner?

Examples of do anything in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Loughran said the tribe hasn't allowed Enbridge to take protective steps, while Clement countered that the tribe shouldn't have to do anything since Enbridge is trespassing. Todd Richmond, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2024 Businesses don’t have to do anything other than encourage their customers to get the Open Rewards app. Elizabeth Campbell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 8 Feb. 2024 And as one person opined to me last week: Cigna may wait until after the election to do anything, because if Trump wins, the current antitrust regime that has prioritized cracking down on consolidation would disappear. Bob Herman Reprints, STAT, 5 Feb. 2024 Many routinely fail to appear for its meetings, leaving it with too few people present to do anything. Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 Now, Republicans on Capitol Hill are grappling with the reality that most in the GOP are loathe to do anything that is seen as potentially undermining the former president – and coming to terms with the fact that Trump is likely going to be their party’s standard bearer. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 25 Jan. 2024 Some critics have opposed natalist policies on practical grounds, arguing that even if low birth rates are a concern, there’s little evidence that governments can do anything about it. Patrick T. Brown, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Do not smoke, use a lighter, strike a match or do anything that may create a spark. Dalia Faheid, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Jan. 2024 Relatives of the hostages set up camp over the weekend outside Netanyahu’s private home, calling on the government to do anything necessary to secure their release. Lior Soroka, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Do anything.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/do%20anything. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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