do the deed

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Earliest attested usage is from Middle English: 1340, Ayenbite of Inwyt "Ȝete þai ben al clene; Haue þai no dede y-done" ("Yet they are all clean; They have not had intercourse"); and in 1443, Reginald Pecock, The Rule of Christian Religion: "By force hath he..don that dede, That he hath reft hire of hire maydenhede." (By force he has done that deed, That he has deprived her of her virginity.)

Verb[edit]

do the deed

  1. (euphemistic) To have sex.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: to do a given deed.

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