do the needful

Do the needful
(India) If you do the needful, you do what is necessary.

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  • the needful — 1. Ready money (slang) 2. Whatever is requisite, usu in do the needful (informal) • • • Main Entry: ↑need …   Useful english dictionary

  • Do the needful — is an archaic expression which means do that which is necessary , with the respectful implication that the other party is trusted to understand what needs doing without being given detailed instruction. The expression is now current mainly in… …   Wikipedia

  • do the needful — Pakistani English perform/complete or abstain from doing the required action. E.g. I have enclosed the instructions in the letter, please follow and do the needful. Also seen in Indian and Sri Lankan English …   English dialects glossary

  • do the needful — index attempt Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Needful — Need ful (n[=e]d f[.u]l), a. 1. Full of need; in need or want; needy; distressing. [Archaic] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The needful time of trouble. Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster] 2. Necessary for supply or relief; requisite. [1913 Webster] All… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • needful — (adj.) late 12c., niedfulle, needy, from NEED (Cf. need) (n.) + FUL (Cf. ful). Meaning characterized by need is from mid 13c.; meaning indispensable is from mid 14c.; noun meaning what is necessary is from 1709. Colloquial sense of cash is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • needful — ► ADJECTIVE 1) formal necessary; requisite. 2) archaic needy. ► NOUN (the needful) informal ▪ what is necessary …   English terms dictionary

  • The Heliand —     The Heliand     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Heliand     (Germ. Heiland, Saviour)     The oldest complete work of German literature. Matthias Flacius Illyricus (1520 75) published in his Catalogus testium veritatis the Latin text of the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • needful — needfully, adv. needfulness, n. /need feuhl/, adj. 1. necessary or required: needful supplies. 2. needy. n. 3. the needful, Slang. money, esp. immediately available cash: They haven t the needful for a car right now. [1125 75; ME; se …   Universalium

  • needful — Inglish (Indian English) Dictionary Whatever is needed to be done (I will do the needful) …   English dialects glossary

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