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HOW-DO-YOU-DO

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does how-do-you-do mean? 

HOW-DO-YOU-DO (noun)
  The noun HOW-DO-YOU-DO has 2 senses:

1. an awkward situation
2. an expression of greeting

  Familiarity information: HOW-DO-YOU-DO used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOW-DO-YOU-DO (noun)


Sense 1how-do-you-do [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An awkward situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

how-d'ye-do; how-do-you-do

Context example:

that's a fine how-d'ye-do

Hypernyms ("how-do-you-do" is a kind of...):

situation (a complex or critical or unusual difficulty)


Sense 2how-do-you-do [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An expression of greeting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

hello; hi; howdy; hullo; how-do-you-do

Context example:

every morning they exchanged polite hellos

Hypernyms ("how-do-you-do" is a kind of...):

greeting; salutation ((usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting))


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