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1. An informal, colloquial greeting (a contraction of "how do you do?"). Primarily heard in US. Well hey, Bob, howdy-do? Been a long time since I've seen you around here!
2. An unfortunate, unpleasant, or awkward situation or circumstance; a troublesome or difficult state of affairs. (Often phrased as "a fine howdy-do.") Primarily heard in US. Well that's a fine howdy-do. I'm on the job for just two days and I find out that the company is going bankrupt!

boy howdy

An expression said when one is excited, pleased, or pleasantly surprised. A lot of people sure came to the fundraiser, boy howdy!
See also: boy, howdy

Boy howdy!

Rur. an exclamation of excited surprise. Bob: Well, I finally got here. Fred: Boy howdy! Am I glad to see you! Bill: How do you like my horse? Fred: That's one fine-looking filly! Boy howdy!
See also: boy

howdy and a half

Rur. a short distance. Tom: Is it far to the dime store? Jane: Just a howdy and a half. Her house was a howdy and a half from the place where I grew up.
See also: and, half, howdy

Boy howdy!

phr. an exclamation of excited surprise. (Colloquial and folksy.) Boy howdy! Am I glad to see you!
See also: boy


interj. hello. (Western, particularly the Southwest, and rural.) Well, howdy. Long time, no see.
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GRANT: I would say that it is a custody battle over the ownership of the Howdy Doody puppet.
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THE Fannies' last studio album Howdy proved that the band could still cut the mustard.
The sad reality is that if the Fannies' new album Howdy was their first, they'd be jumping the queue for the rejuvenated guitar pop bandwagon but the fact that it's their sixth means there's no new angle for the marketers to play and there'll always be those that say they've heard it all before, no matter how good it is.
The Fanclub will premiere songs from their new album Howdy, released on October 16, including their latest single I Need Direction.
I remember Buffalo Bob, on the Howdy Doody Show, pitching Ovaltine.
In the process, all too many of them seem as unlike regular people, and as out of date, as Howdy Doody.
Customers will not only realize utility savings, but consumers we be able to their part to help reduce our carbon footprint,” said Howdy Hudson, principal of L&H Dynamic Business Solutions.
The Twangbusters might be an unfamiliar name, but the players who comprise the band are certainly no strangers, including Paula Bradley (Girl Howdy, Uncle Earl) on piano, ukulele and vocals, Peter "Dr.
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