Do the needful
"Do the needful" is an 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 currently used mainly in South Asian English (particularly Indian English). The expression was current in both British and American English well into the early 20th century, but is now considered obsolete, slang, and improper. In later years it was most commonly used as a parody example of contemporary South Asian English. Along with similar phrases (e.g. "the needfulness is terrific") it is used by the character of Hurree Jamset Ram Singh in the Billy Bunter stories.
The Oxford English Dictionary lists examples of usage from 1709 (Richard Steele in the Tatler), 1771 (Samuel Foote in Maid of Bath), 1821 (Maria Edgeworth in a letter), 1831 (Walter Scott in his journal), 1929 (I. Colvin in his Life of Dyer), and 1992 (Jeff Torrington in Swing Hammer Swing!), the last likely used humorously.
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