Definition of how-do-you-do in English:

how-do-you-do

(also how-de-do, how-d'ye-do)

noun

  • 1[in singular] A greeting.

    1. 1.1informal An awkward, messy, or annoying situation.
      ‘a fine how-do-you-do that would be!’
      • ‘Isn't that a fine how do you do.’
      • ‘Well, that's a fine "how do you do."’
      difficulty, issue, trouble, worry, complication, difficult situation, mess, muddle, mix-up
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Pronunciation:

how-do-you-do

/ˌhoudəyəˈdo͞o/