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how do you do?

formal
A2 a formal greeting for someone that you have not met before: "I'm Jack Stewart." "How do you do? I'm Angela Black."
Translations of “how do you do?”
in Chinese (Traditional) (初次見面時正式的問候用語)你好…
in Chinese (Simplified) (初次见面时正式的问候用语)你好…
(Definition of how do you do? from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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