To what do I owe the pleasure?

To what do I owe the pleasure?

A formal set phrase used to inquire into the purpose of someone's visit, whether it is a welcome one or not. Professor Goodwin! Why, I haven't seen you in nearly five years. To what do I owe the pleasure? A: "Allow me to introduce myself. I am Chief Inspector Hugo." B: "Good evening, Inspector, and welcome to our humble shop. To what do we owe the pleasure?"
See also: owe, to, what
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