how-do-you-do

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

noun
1. an awkward situation; "that's a fine how-d'ye-do" 
2. an expression of greeting; "every morning they exchanged polite hellos" [syn: hello
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