from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A greeting.
  • noun An embarrassing or troublesome state of affairs which suddenly encounters one.

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  • noun idiomatic Same as how-d'ye-do.


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  • We are such suckers for pomp and circumstance, and we got a TV full of the stuff last week as the Pope dropped by for a holy howdy-do.

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  • They grabbed them off the street without so much as a howdy-do, spirited them off to a secret location and “roughed them up.”

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  • Dressed in melon pants, yellow shirt and light blue sweater, Solondz darted across the room to greet me with a big smile and howdy-do handshake.

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