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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
do up/undo a zip
▪ Your zip’s undone at the back.
left undone
▪ So much had been left undone.
undo a button (=unfasten it)
▪ I can't undo the buttons on the back of this dress.
untie/undo a knot
▪ He tried to untie the knot in the rope around his ankles.
▪ As it lifted from the Luftwaffe fighter base outside Berlin, Schellenberg undid his seat belt and reached for his briefcase.
▪ I could see him above me undoing his belt.
▪ His thumb rubbed sensuously along the swollen lower lip while his other hand undid his belt buckle.
▪ John is hungry, so he undoes his seat belt slowly and carefully.
▪ She was repeatedly doing up and undoing the bottom button of her black cardigan.
▪ When he paused, she pushed him away, and undid the buttons of his pajama jacket.
▪ Loosen tie &038; undo top button of shirt so that shirt collar bows out and tie arches forward like a cup handle.
▪ He hesitated, then with a straight arm reached and undid her top button.
▪ He had loosened his tie and undone the top button of his shirt.
▪ He undid his buttons, and peeled off his shirt.
▪ He shrugged out of his jacket and her hands went to his cotton shirt, fumbling in their haste to undo the buttons.
▪ He pushed her backwards and covered her body with his own, as he gradually undid the buttons of her dress.
▪ You have a chance maybe to undo some of the damage that man has caused our family.
▪ Maybe there was still time to undo the damage?
▪ She had to see Ratchette and try and undo some of the damage that had been done there.
▪ We certainly can not undo the damage of a lifetime in only thirty days, Sam.
▪ But it is not too late to undo that damage.
▪ Cotton, with an assist from this public-spirited pillar, has done his best to undo the damage caused by the hogwash.
▪ There wasn't any way Evelyn could undo the damage.
▪ It would be a cruel hoax because City would not be able to undo the damage these young people had suffered.
▪ Marcus then undid Patrick's pyjama jacket and started to try to pull it off, then decided not to.
▪ Then some one undid the knots and he collapsed head first into the mud.
▪ Loosen tie &038; undo top button of shirt so that shirt collar bows out and tie arches forward like a cup handle.
▪ His flies were undone and his shirt torn.
▪ She began to undo the third shirt.
▪ Thinking that it was heavier than it looked, he undid the straps and buckles and threw back the flap.
▪ I undid the rotor tie-down strap and removed it.
▪ They grabbed my arms and swung me over to a mat lying at the side then undid the strap around my ankles.
▪ He undid the tough leather straps and threw open the lid.
▪ He undid the strap and lifted the lid.
▪ She undid the straps and carried the ladder into the house.
▪ Edward undid his tie, but for the life of him he could not take his eyes off her.
▪ Slowly, he undid his bow tie, pulled it off.
▪ The past nine months of wobbling over Maastricht have undone that work.
▪ Cross-breeding will undo all that work.
▪ Only one fertile Genestealer needed to remain alive in hiding to undo all the good work within a few decades.
▪ I undo the zip on my jeans.
▪ Bernard looked up and Apricot made a dive to undo his zip.
▪ Spike heads for the toilet-undoes his zip..
▪ The solution was a watch with a magnetic field strong enough to undo a zip.
▪ Early morning sun on the approach to Lliwedd At 15m I nearly come undone.
▪ The harbor; suddenly, was a coastal graveyard, one headstone overturning, and one plot coming undone.
▪ But the damage he did came undone with the miraculous resurrection of Beloved.
▪ He could not tell whether they were broken ends, or perhaps the loose ends from underwater knots that had come undone.
be sb's undoing
come open/undone/loose etc
▪ As she reached the doors they came open, the button pressed by two people outside.
▪ His heart felt it would come loose in his body, so wildly was it beating.
▪ Some ropes had come loose and were swinging wildly in the wind.
▪ Then she felt something on her arm and discovered her scarf had come undone.
▪ Then sprinkle on water and re-trowel in come loose-use an emulsion paint brush.
▪ Think of all the things that come loose around the house.
▪ When the Thayer principalship came open in the summer of 1981, Littky applied and reentered the educational world.
▪ I can't undo the string!
▪ I wish it was possible to undo what I've done.
▪ My fingers were so cold that I couldn't undo the buttons.
▪ Rosie undid her necklace and put it on the bedside table.
▪ She undid the ribbon and let her hair fall over her shoulders.
▪ She carefully undid the ribbons and opened the scroll.
▪ Stelling was eventually undone by his political mistakes.
▪ But there is no easy way to undo the nuclear binge of the cold war.
▪ Cotton, with an assist from this public-spirited pillar, has done his best to undo the damage caused by the hogwash.
▪ Marcus then undid Patrick's pyjama jacket and started to try to pull it off, then decided not to.
▪ Pop that unravels its own workings, undoes itself.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Undo \Un*do"\, v. t. [AS. und?n. See 1st Un-, and Do to perform.]

  1. To reverse, as what has been done; to annul; to bring to naught.

    What's done can not be undone.

    To-morrow, ere the setting sun, She 'd all undo that she had done.

  2. To loose; to open; to take to piece; to unfasten; to untie; hence, to unravel; to solve; as, to undo a knot; to undo a puzzling question; to undo a riddle.

    Pray you, undo this button.

    She took the spindle, and undoing the thread gradually, measured it.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  3. To bring to poverty; to impoverish; to ruin, as in reputation, morals, hopes, or the like; as, many are undone by unavoidable losses, but more undo themselves by vices and dissipation, or by indolence.

    That quaffing and drinking will undo you,

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English undon "to unfasten and open" (a window or door), "to unfasten by releasing from a fixed position; to cancel, discharge, abrogate, reverse what has been done, put back in a former condition; bring to ruin, destroy," from un- (2) "opposite of" + do (v.). Related: Undone; undoing.


Etymology 1 vb. To reverse the effects of an action.(jump reverse effects a s) Etymology 2

  1. (misspelling of undue English)

  1. v. cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect; "I wish I could undo my actions"

  2. deprive of certain characteristics [syn: unmake] [ant: do]

  3. cause the ruin or downfall of; "A single mistake undid the President and he had to resign"

  4. cause to become loose; "undo the shoelace"; "untie the knot"; "loosen the necktie" [syn: untie, loosen]

  5. remove the outer cover or wrapping of; "Let's unwrap the gifts!"; "undo the parcel" [syn: unwrap] [ant: wrap]

  6. [also: undone, undid]


Undo is a command in many computer programs. It erases the last change done to the document reverting it to an older state. In some more advanced programs such as graphic processing, undo will negate the last command done to the file being edited.

The opposite of undo is redo. The redo command reverses the undo or advances the buffer to a more current state.

In most Windows applications, the Undo command is activated by pressing the Ctrl+Z or Alt+Backspace keybindings. In all Macintosh applications, the Undo command is activated by pressing Command-Z. The common command for Redo on Microsoft Windows systems is Ctrl+Y or Ctrl+ Shift+Z. The common command for Redo on Apple Macintosh systems is Command- Shift-Z.

Undo (Rush of Fools song)

"Undo" is the first record single from contemporary Christian band Rush of Fools. It was released in 2007 from the band's first album Rush of Fools. It was the most played song of the year in 2007 on Christian adult contemporary radio.

This song was also by the compilation album WOW Hits 2008.

Undo (disambiguation)

Undo is a command in many computer programs.

Undo or UNDO may also refer to:

Undo (Sanna Nielsen song)

"Undo" is a song by Swedish singer Sanna Nielsen. The track was written and composed by Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger, Hamed "K-One" Pirouzpanah. It premiered on 8 February 2014, as part of the second semi-final in Melodifestivalen 2014. The song successfully progressed to the final. The single was officially released on 23 February 2014, part of the EP of the same title. Undo is an uptempo ballad.

On 8 March, the song won the Melodifestivalen 2014 final beating Ace Wilder's " Busy Doin' Nothin'" by only two points and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in the first semifinal on 6 May.

In the final, on 10 May 2014, after the results came through, "Undo" finished the contest in 3rd place with 218 points. With this score, "Undo" became the second highest scoring Swedish entry at Eurovision after Euphoria.

"Undo" won the OGAE vote with 354 winning the voting after all countries had voted.

Usage examples of "undo".

After this, the baronet might be as wise as he pleased: he had quite undone his work.

The Bravo hesitated, cast another wary glance around him, settled his mask, undid the slight fastenings of a boat, and presently he was gliding away into the centre of the basin.

Social condemnation should stigmatize the wrong of mismating, not the undoing of such a wrong.

Whether the monitory fox was anywhere within the precincts I do not know, but I missed him at that time, and attributed to his absence the lapse from virtue which undermined my previous resolution, and in a moment undid the merits of exemplary years.

Without a self-perpetuating web of interdependent organisms, everything we do will either undo itself in less than a generation or else overbreed without natural controls.

He had the gown undone, her corset beneath it, even the ties to her pantalettes and petticoats.

He had never made her a single present and even her ring was found to be brass and therefore neither valid nor binding: whereas the present Jack had given her long ago yet not so very long ago neither was close to her heart at this very moment: she had put on a new pinner for the occasion, and now undoing it she leant over the table, showing him the diamond pendant he had bought for her in the year two, one of the many charming fruits of a valuable prize, nestling low in her bosom.

For she found the manse rookit and herrit, and there was such a supply of plenishing of all sort wanted, that I thought myself ruined and undone by her care and industry.

Saturday, Popsy telephoned while I was pottering round my apartment trying to shut my eyes to undone chores.

At the crucial moment I glanced within to observe my jacketless junior partner sprawled, tie undone, on his sofa beside a scrawny ruffian with a quiff of lime-green hair and attired for some reason in a skintight costume involving zebra stripes and many chains and zippers.

Jenny ripped away the conditioning with her esp, undid the neural connections and reconstituted the damaged brain tissues, returning the maids to who they had been before Lionstone took them to be her slaves.

He would never be able to undo what he had done, but at least he could stop Routier from ruining Darfield.

In dry clothes and in good spirits, Jim and George turned their teams onto Scroggy Creek Road, a notorious ninety-mile stretch of trail that has been the undoing of many a Quest team.

The black soutane he wore as a seminarian fastened at the right shoulder and down the right side, and he undid enough of the buttons to loosen the standing collar, briefly pulling the opening away from his neck a few times to puff air inside.

Driving away, Terri resolved to do the one thing which, out of pity for the Sens, she had left undone.