Hi all – long time listener, yadda yadda…
I recently came across a new-to-me British slang phraseÂ “do one”, meaning (rudely) “go away”, “leave me alone”, etc.
I’m curious about the etymology behind this expression. Â I assume it’s a truncation or abbreviation of a more verbose expression, but what could it be?
What “one” is is one being asked to “do”?
The Oxford English Dictionary lists two extended phrases: do a bunk and do a runner. Since it is unlikely that two visiting persons are at one of their bunks (beds) or are running together, the one being told would have to go away from the speaker to accomplish either phrase. One appears to have been substituted for any activity which must be done away from the speaker.
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