how do you do

noun
(used as a conventional greeting).
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how-do-you-do

[hou-duh-yuh-doo]
noun, plural how-do-you-dos. Informal.
1.
a greeting; salutation: She smiled and gave him a how-do-you-do fit for a king.
2.
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] .


Origin:
1625–35

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how do you do
 
sentence substitute
1.  how do?, Also: how d'ye do? a formal greeting said by people who are being introduced to each other or are meeting for the first time
 
n
2.  informal a difficult situation

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