Definitions

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  • adjective obsolete Daring or warlike.

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  • adjective obsolete daring; warlike

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Examples

  • All of which confirmed my conclusion that they were under the misapprehension which has sustained me for a lifetime - they truly believed my heroic reputation, and thought I was the kind of derring-do idiot who'd answer the call of duty and danger like a good 'un, itching to fight the good fight.

    Watershed

  • Phillips spent two years as a Jewish war refugee in England, wondering if her parents were still alive, and ultimately escaping to the U.S. with the kind of derring-do you might find in Señorita Rio, an immigrant turned spy who became Phillips's most celebrated comic creation.

    A Real-Life Comic Book Superhero

  • All of which confirmed my conclusion that they were under the misapprehension which has sustained me for a lifetime - they truly believed my heroic reputation, and thought I was the kind of derring-do idiot who'd answer the call of duty and danger like a good 'un, itching to fight the good fight.

    Flashman And The Tiger

  • My friends will undoubtedly be happily reading children's books to their kids tonight that celebrate rebelliousness and rule-breaking and derring-do (Robin Hood anyone?) in the face of unjust authority.

    Aargh?

  • Concentrating on dramatic and action-filled tales filled with heroic battles, moral dilemmas, and chivalric derring-do, the images in history manuscripts help us to understand the broader conception of history in the Middle Ages, which often encompassed material that we would now consider myth, romance, or even outright invention.

    Elizabeth Morrison: A Getty Curator Discusses Manuscripts, France, And The Middle Ages: Imagining The Past

  • But I imagined myself not getting a tattoo at twenty-eight; time passes; by the age of thirty-five, I would (I imagined) no longer have the youthful derring-do to go ahead and get the tattoo.

    Tattoo in Japan Boing Boing

  • Space program analysts say the flurry of interest is an aberrant blip destined to fade as NASA spends the next decade focused on engineering instead of derring do.

    Friday shuttle launch drawing sky-high interest

  • The tales of OSS derring-do — one agent, Virginia Hall, had a prosthetic leg from a prewar hunting accident but was still parachuted into Occupied France — are thrilling and none more so than the elaborate effort, in July 1941, to burgle the safe in the Spanish embassy in Washington for the diplomatic codebooks.

    The Spymaster's Spymaster

  • Space program analysts say the flurry of interest is an aberrant blip destined to fade as NASA spends the next decade focused on engineering instead of derring do.

    Friday shuttle launch drawing sky-high interest

  • Concentrating on dramatic and action-filled tales filled with heroic battles, moral dilemmas, and chivalric derring-do, the images in history manuscripts help us to understand the broader conception of history in the Middle Ages, which often encompassed material that we would now consider myth, romance, or even outright invention.

    Elizabeth Morrison: A Getty Curator Discusses Manuscripts, France, And The Middle Ages: Imagining The Past

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