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how-do-you-do

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

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

noun

[in singular]
1A greeting.
Example sentences
  • 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!
More example sentences
  • Well, that's a fine "how do you do."
  • Isn't that a fine how do you do.

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