To what do I owe the honor?

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To what do I owe the honor?

A formal set phrase used to inquire into the purpose of someone's visit, whether it is welcome or not. Why, Professor Goodwin! I haven't seen you in nearly five years. To what do I owe the honor? 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 honor?"
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