how do you do

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how do you do?

  1. (formal) a greeting used meeting somebody. Alternatives are pleased to meet you and nice to meet you.

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how do you do ‎(plural how do you dos)

  1. (Britain, euphemistic) A difficult situation
    • 1993, Nick Park, Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers
      Well, this is a fine how do you do isn't it, Gromit?
    • 2010, Michael Sledge, The More I Owe You: A Novel, Counterpoint Press (ISBN 9781582435763), page 78
      On the winding road to Petropolis, they did not speak, not about modernism or the construction of houses or antique bird jails or fine how-do-you-dos.
    • 2013, Chris Raschka, Seriously, Norman!, Scholastic Inc. (ISBN 9780545388467), page 115
      "Vienna!" Mr. B. went on. "This is is a bit of a how-do-you-do, is it not?"