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Da capo

Posted by Stephen Gourlay on June 01, 2003

Florence Nightingale in a book published in 1863 gave a sardonic description of a British soldier's day, ending with "...drink, bed, and da capo". Can someone help with 'da capo'? Nightingale was fluent in several European languages, including Italian - I wonder if the reference in previous discussion (fish to fry) indicates the sense - e.g. of 'doing something else'

Thanks.