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good afternoon

a conventional expression used at meeting or parting in the afternoon. Unabridged
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  • "good afternoon, Miss Gray," he said, shaking hands with her.

    Mattie:--A Stray (Vol 3 of 3) Frederick William Robinson
  • She hesitated a moment, and then she said, "Well, good afternoon."

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
  • "good afternoon, gentlemen," he said—and Abe and Morris literally sprang into the middle of the office floor.

    Abe and Mawruss Montague Glass
  • "good afternoon" and "Good evening" are the greetings for the later hours of the day.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • "good afternoon, Mr. Cameron," said James, who was always polite to the rich manufacturer's son.

    Herbert Carter's Legacy Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for good afternoon

good afternoon

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a conventional expression of greeting or farewell used in the afternoon
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