dos and don’ts


dos and don’ts


  • rules about what you must do and what you must not do in a specific condition.
  • what is and what is not suggested or permitted in a particular region or issue.
  • rules or practices that apply to a certain activity.
  • the guidelines of what should be done and what shouldn’t be done.

Example Sentences

  1. In the back of the guide, there’s a list of the dos and don’ts of local etiquette.
  2. It’s important to know the dos and don’ts of diplomatic receptions.
  3. I must confess that a bunch of the dos and don’ts don’t create much wisdom for me either.
  4. It pays to know the dos and don’ts of a political conference in advance.


Without clear origin evidence, it is believed that the phrase originated in the 1900s. The term describes what is appropriate and inappropriate to say or do.

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