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how′ do you do′

(used as a conventional greeting.)


(ˈhaʊ də yəˈdu)

also how-de-do


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - 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" - 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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The pair, and Barry Styles (Nanki-Poo), combine perfectly in the comedy classic song Here's A How-de-do, with Lapworth appearing from the wings on a scooter then a space-hopper.
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