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


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(also how-de-do or how-d'ye-do)


[in singular]
  • 1A greeting.
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    • Miss Darcy's nervousness was plain from her gentle "How do you do?"
    • Tang said at that time he thought the only way to greet a person was to say, "How do you do?"
    • Upon introduction, it is proper to say "How do you do," not "Hi" or " Hello "!
  • 1.1 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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