To cut a dido
Dido Di"do, n.; pl. {Didos}. A shrewd trick; an antic; a caper. [1913 Webster]

{To cut a dido}, to play a trick; to cut a caper; -- perhaps so called from the trick of Dido, who having bought so much land as a hide would cover, is said to have cut it into thin strips long enough to inclose a spot for a citadel. [1913 Webster] ||


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