how-do-you-do

[ hou-duh-yuh-doo ]
/ ˈhaʊ də yəˈdu /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. how so?,
  2. how the land lies,
  3. how the wind blows,
  4. how's that,
  5. how's tricks?,
  6. how-to,
  7. howard,
  8. howard, catherine,
  9. howard, henry,
  10. howard, john

Also how-de-do [hou-dee-doo] /ˈhaʊ diˈdu/.

Origin of how-do-you-do

First recorded in 1625–35

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