Definitions

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  • n. A troublesome state of affairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an awkward situation

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Examples

  • The new management had put more ads in the statcounter dashboard itself, which would have been just fine; but coding pop-up ads into other people's websites without so much as a how-d'ye-do is a bit uncouth.

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  • Fanny made no professions at all, only coldly nodding a "how-d'ye-do," without appearing to notice that Emma wished to shake hands.

    Be Courteous or, Religion, the True Refiner

  • "Then I guess we'll go in an 'say how-d'ye-do," continued Cap'n Bill, attempting to enter the doorway.

    The Scarecrow of Oz

  • "Here's some one who would like to say how-d'ye-do to father," said

    Pelle the Conqueror — Volume 03

  • Just say how-d'ye-do to her, and then go out -- to the Deanery if you like.

    Good Old Anna

  • "Never mind, Dick," said the doctor laughing, as I did; "we'll beg a skirt for you the first time we say how-d'ye-do to a passenger vessel ----"

    The Iron Pirate A Plain Tale of Strange Happenings on the Sea

  • Amazing as this story is, both with regard to the strange things it asks us to believe of the man and the woman and the husband, it is certain that there was a pretty how-d'ye-do in Zurich.

    The Love Affairs of Great Musicians

  • When we got to them, there was a pretty how-d'ye-do.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • He met me on Princes Street, and made a great how-d'ye-do.

    The House with the Green Shutters

  • Mr.. Browne offered her sal-volatile and called her "my poor dear;" Augusta put her arms around her neck; Allen fanned her gently, and Lord Hardy asked what he could do, while Mr. Browne said it was "plaguey hard on her, but somebody must go and see to them confounded custom-house chaps, or they would have every dud out of the ten trunks, and there'd be a pretty how-d'ye-do."

    Bessie's Fortune A Novel

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