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- (formal) A greeting used upon being introduced to someone. Alternatives are how are you, pleased to meet you, and nice to meet you. (Sometimes used as a rhetorical question among familiar parties, depending on the region).
In obsolete usage, this phrase could be inflected: I asked him how he did.
Phrase: how do you do
- (UK, 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, 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, page 115:
- "Vienna!" Mr. B. went on. "This is a bit of a how-do-you-do, is it not?"