Derring-do meaning

dĕrĭng-do͝o
Daring or reckless action.
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Daring action; reckless courage.
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Valiant deeds in desperate times.
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Brave and adventurous (albeit often reckless) actions.
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Origin of derring-do

  • Misinterpretation of earlier derrynge do daring to do misprint of Late Middle English dorryng do from Middle English durring don durring present participle of durren to dare (from Old English durran dare) don to do do1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English daring to do.

    From Wiktionary