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Doff

is do-off, as “Doff your hat.” So don is do-ou, as “Don your clothes.” Dup is do-up, as “Dup the door” (q.v.).

Doff thy harness, youth.
And tempt not yet the brushes of the war.

Shakespeare: Troilas and Cressida, v. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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