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    "I was doing..."

    I heard the following phrase today from the respectably looking male hair stylist addressing the customer:
    "I was doing your wife on July 20th..." And then "Oh, yeah, you are getting a discount today"

    I thought this phrase ("to do somebody") is reserved for the sexual intercourse, and is vulgar and slang. Was I wrong? Is that possible to use this construction in other meanings?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: "I was doing..."

    hi,

    ''do a somebody'' means do or behave as somebody did or would do

    madox


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    Re: "I was doing..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    hi,

    ''do a somebody'' means do or behave as somebody did or would do

    madox
    How that could fit the context described above?


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    #4

    Re: "I was doing..."

    I think she meant that she made a hairdressing or arranged her hair


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    Re: "I was doing..."

    Quote Originally Posted by CONCERNEDH View Post
    I heard the following phrase today from the respectably looking male hair stylist addressing the customer:
    "I was doing your wife on July 20th..." And then "Oh, yeah, you are getting a discount today"

    I thought this phrase ("to do somebody") is reserved for the sexual intercourse, and is vulgar and slang. Was I wrong? Is that possible to use this construction in other meanings?

    Thanks.
    Yes, though it's tinged with the sexual meaning, [sex seems to trump a lot of things; pretty powerful stuff] it can be used in other situations; in this case, "I was cutting/perming/etc your wife's hair".

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    Re: "I was doing..."

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    "I was doing your wife's hair" would be a perfectly normal thing for a hairdresser to say and the omission of the word hair is also understandable - particularly in the context given. After all, that's what a hair stylist does: He does hair.
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    Whether the hairdresser might have been intentionally trying to be facetious is hard to say. But, to me, it sounds like the double-entendre was intentional --- particularly in light of the follow-up comment.
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