Definition of how-do-you-do in English:

how-do-you-do

Syllabification: how-do-you-do
(also how-de-do or how-d'ye-do)

noun

[in singular] informal
  • An awkward, messy, or annoying situation: a fine how-do-you-do that would be!
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    • Well, that's a fine "how do you do."
    • Isn't that a fine how do you do.

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