Definition of “how do you do?” - English Dictionary

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“how do you do?” in British English

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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."

how do you do

old-fashioned

a difficult, worrying, and unpleasant situation:

"I had a row with my sister and now she's refusing to talk to me." "Well, that's a fine how do you do!"

(Definition of “how do you do?” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)