Definition of How-d'ye-do

1. Noun. An awkward situation. "That's a fine how-d'ye-do"

Exact synonyms: How-do-you-do
Generic synonyms: Situation

Definition of How-d'ye-do

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A troublesome state of affairs. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of How-d'ye-do

how's everything
how's it going
how's it hanging
how's life
how's the weather
how's things
how's tricks
how-to-vote card
how-to-vote cards
how about
how are you
how are you doing
how are you getting along
how can you sleep at night
how come
how did he die
how do I get to

Literary usage of How-d'ye-do

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1. Lyra Elegantiarum: A Collection of Some of the Best Specimens of Vers de by Frederick Locker-Lampson (1867)
"ONE day, Good-bye met How-d'ye-do, Too close to shun saluting, ... "Ere How-d'ye-do has turn'd each tongue To Hope's delightful measure, " From sorrows past ..."

2. Early Opera in America by Oscar George Theodore Sonneck (1915)
"... accompanied by Gottlieb's hautboy, would move their souls, with 'Sweet Echo' and 'How d' ye do,' and it is a delightful touch of the times that Gottlieb ..."

3. The Spirit of the Public Journals: Being an Impartial Selection of the Most by Stephen Jones, Charles Molloy Westmacott (1811)
"Ere How d' ye do has tun'd each tongue To ' hope's delighted measure,' Good-bye in Friendship's ear has rung The knell of ..."

4. British Theatre: Comprising Tragedies, Comedies, Operas, and Farces, from by Owen Williams (1828)
"How d'ye do now? [Apart. Trap. Pay, sir!—Yes, sir, I was paid, clear'd subsistence and arrears to a farthing. Hyp. And your late commander's name was— Hyp. ..."

5. The Edinburgh Annual Register by Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott (1810)
"ONE day Good-bye met How d'ye do, Too close to shun saluting, ... says How d'ye do, " your mien Appals my cheerful nature: No name so sad as yours is seen ..."

6. The Playground Book by Harry Sperling (1916)
"HOW D'YE DO, MY PARTNER? A favorite for very young children. Any number; ages six to ten. Formation. A single circle is formed, all facing the centre. ..."

7. The Song Play Book: Singing Games for Children by Mary (Wollaston) Wood, Mary A. Wollaston, Charles Ward Crampton (1917)
"... How d'ye do, my partner, How d'ye do to-day, Will you dance in the circle? I will show you the way. Chorus: Tra, la, la, la, la, la, etc. ..."

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