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]
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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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