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    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of this sentence:

    "Woulda had a to-do with some notice"

    here is the context:

    A:Hey, look who's back from the dead. Woulda had a to-do with some notice.
    B: I thought I'd be hanging with the zombies 'til retirement. Still don't know how you did it, boss.

    Those are two detectives reading some notes about a homicide (a & c). B came in.

    Thanks,

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    Re: to-do

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of this sentence:

    "Woulda had a to-do with some notice"

    here is the context:

    A:Hey, look who's back from the dead. Woulda had a to-do with some notice.
    B: I thought I'd be hanging with the zombies 'til retirement. Still don't know how you did it, boss.

    Those are two detectives reading some notes about a homicide (a & c). B came in.

    Thanks,
    Not a teacher only a native.

    From the context I would suggest a 'to-do' means a party. Eg. A would have thrown a party for B if he had known B was coming.

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    Re: to-do

    Quote Originally Posted by shroob View Post
    Not a teacher only a native.

    From the context I would suggest a 'to-do' means a party. Eg. A would have thrown a party for B if he had known B was coming.
    It makes sense, yes but Where could I have found that "to-do" means a party?

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    Re: to-do

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    It makes sense, yes but Where could I have found that "to-do" means a party?
    I'm not sure about that.

    In BrE, a 'do' generally means a party or celebration.
    For example:
    A: It's Jim's birthday on Friday.
    B: I think we should have a do.

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    Re: to-do

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    It makes sense, yes but Where could I have found that "to-do" means a party?
    Yes, a party is generally a "do".
    A "to-do" is a fuss.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/to-do
    bustle; fuss: They made a great to-do over the dinner.


    It's possible that here it means not so much a party, but they would have made some fuss over his return. Some functions can be a 'do' as well as a to-do.

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    #6

    Re: to-do

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of this sentence:

    "Woulda had a to-do with some notice"

    here is the context:

    A:Hey, look who's back from the dead. Woulda had a to-do with some notice.
    B: I thought I'd be hanging with the zombies 'til retirement. Still don't know how you did it, boss.

    Those are two detectives reading some notes about a homicide (a & c). B came in.

    Thanks,

    What he meant is that, because detective B suddenly shows up. The action of him suddenly showing up "Woulda had to-do with some notice* meaning this should had been told ahead of time.

    The story could be like this.

    Detective A is the boss of Detective B. Maybe detective b is the VDP officer that went and randomly beat up a Chinese guy and got desk duty. Detective A helped him get out of desk duty(very boring "zombie"-like environment)

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    Re: to-do

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman View Post
    What he meant is that, because detective B suddenly shows up. The action of him suddenly showing up "Woulda had to-do with some notice* meaning this should had been told ahead of time.

    The story could be like this.

    Detective A is the boss of Detective B. Maybe detective b is the VDP officer that went and randomly beat up a Chinese guy and got desk duty. Detective A helped him get out of desk duty(very boring "zombie"-like environment)
    That is nonsense.

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