Do the needful

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"Do the needful" is an expression which means "do that which is needed", with the respectful implication that the other party is trusted to understand what needs doing without being given detailed instruction. The phrase is common in Indian English. There has been recent[when?] interest in the phrase especially in the context of globalized Call Centers.

The expression is currently used mainly in Indian English.[1] Although some parody references in English literature exist imitating South Asian English (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka).


  1. ^ Daniel DMello (13 June 2011). "How to fix grammatically insane phrases found in common Indian English". Retrieved 22 April 2014.