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[hou-duh-yuh-doo] /ˈhaʊ də yəˈdu/
noun, plural how-do-you-dos. Informal.
a greeting; salutation:
She smiled and gave him a how-do-you-do fit for a king.
an awkward or unpleasant event or situation:
It's a fine how-do-you-do that they've refused to help us out.
Also, how-de-do
[hou-dee-doo] /ˈhaʊ diˈdu/ (Show IPA)
Origin of how-do-you-do
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That's no 'how-de-do' salute, that's a 'come r-r-right here' one!

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • how-de-do, Deering; pray dont hesitate to make yourself at home.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • Put on your best toggery, Carter, and make your bow, and say how-de-do.

  • So he said "how-de-do" to the snail, and then the monkey boy went on toward home.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • She had not seen the teacher more than to say "how-de-do" since their rather warm discussion before the date of the town meeting.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • I’m so tired of meeting people and having them start in with a gushing, ‘Oh, how-de-do!

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter
  • Nobody but a man—a man—would make such a how-de-do over a trunk.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • "how-de-do," replied Freddie, blinking in the strong light from the window.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • It's quite an experience to take a walk with him: He says how-de-do to the quaintest creatures.

    The Guests Of Hercules C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

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