how-do-you-do(redirected from how-de-do)
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how′ do you do′
(used as a conventional greeting.)
how-do-you-do(ˈhaʊ də yəˈdu)
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.
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|Noun||1.||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 greeting; "every morning they exchanged polite hellos"|