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how-do-you-do

[hou-duh-yuh-doo] /ˈhaʊ də yəˈdu/
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] /ˈhaʊ diˈdu/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1625-1635
1625-35
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British Dictionary definitions for how-do-you-do

how do you do

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