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Daring-do (?) etc.

Posted by ESC on September 09, 2000

In Reply to: Need Help with 3 Phrases! posted by kris on September 09, 2000

: I need help with these 3 phrases. I just can't figure it out... if anyone knows, please let me KNOW! Thanks! :)

: 1. Deeds of deeding-do
: 2. A tour de force
: 3. An idee fixe

1. deeds of daring-do -- I couldn't find this one so I'm guessing on the spelling, etc. I think it means brave deeds -- as in "tales of daring-do."
2. tour de force -- pronounced TOUR-de-FORCE, French phrase for "display of technical virtuosity; powerful exhibition of skill." (From "Le Mot Juste" edited by John Buchanon-Brown, 1980, 81, Vintage Books).
3. idee fixe (with one of those little marks over the first "e" in idee) pronounced EE-day FEEX, literally French for "fixed idea; obsession, preoccupation." From "Le Mot Juste."