how-do-you-do


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how′ do you do′


interj.
(used as a conventional greeting.)

how-do-you-do

(ˈhaʊ də yəˈdu)

also how-de-do

(-di-)

n., pl. -dos. Informal.
1. an act or instance of saying “how do you do” or a similar greeting; salutation.
2. an awkward or unpleasant situation: It's a fine how-do-you-do that they've refused to help us.
[1625–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.how-do-you-do - an awkward situation; "that's a fine how-d'ye-do"
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
2.how-do-you-do - an expression of greetinghow-do-you-do - an expression of greeting; "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)
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We were introduced, it was all how-do-you-do and pleasedto-meet-you, and as he walked away the Wealdstone manager turned round and said: 'He's going to take your place one day'.
Scholastic Coach, at this point (which is the beginning) takes the opportunity to say how-do-you-do and greetings to the 12,000 high school and preparatory school coaches, athletic directors, instructors in physical education and other secondary-school educators who are receiving this introductory number in the mail.
They were texting messages back and forth to each other, sitting only five feet apart, and I remember lamenting the end of civilised, chatty, how-do-you-do conversation as we all once knew it.