do for

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do for (third-person singular simple present does for, present participle doing for, simple past did for, past participle done for)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see do,‎ for.
  2. (transitive, Britain) to doom; to bring about the demise of
    Smoking did for him in the end.
    She's done for!
    • 1918, Siegfried Sassoon, The General
      "He's a cheery old card," muttered Harry to Jack
      As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.
      . . .
      But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses,chapter 16
      --That bitch, that English whore, did for him, the shebeen proprietor commented. She put the first nail in his coffin.
  3. To do cleaning or other household chores for.